Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

How Obama can Step on McCain’s “Convention Bounce:” Colin Powell

Colin Powell

I understand how unlikely this is, and how incredibly tough it would be for a lifelong, prominent Republican of Powell’s stature to endorse a Democrat, but really, does he have a choice now?:

Powell’s adviser said the vice presidential picks for both candidates would be a major factor in his decision, both for the quality of each man’s running mate and for what sort of “signal that choice sends about the character and judgment of the candidate.” (Aug 13th)

General Powell has no choice. He’s concerned about the 21st Century, restoring our image of the world, and the VP choice and what it says about the character and judgment of the candidate? In the style of Keith Olbermann, “Sir, you have an obligation to your country, sir.”

I hope and pray the Obama camp is aggressively courting him now that the facts are in.


September 1, 2008 - Posted by | Media Strategy, Uncategorized, Veepstakes | , , , ,


  1. Thank you for bringing this to the forefront. I have been leaving this same sentiment on comment sections for days now. It is time to see if General Powell will redeem his honor.

    Comment by Small d dem | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. Colin Powell is a wild card in this equation. Despite the weakness demonstrated by his complicity in our invasion and occupation of Iraq, he still commands respect. So, his endorsement does matter, but I wonder if he doesn’t turn out to be another David Brooks type. While he may feint in the direction of doing the right thing, he ultimately ends just moving to the Right! We’ll see….

    Comment by demeo | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  3. What is wrong with the picture of Colin Powell?

    Comment by mariefla | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  4. What is wrong with the picture of Colin Powell?

    Comment by mariefla | September 1, 2008

    No flag pin?

    Comment by neverspun | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  5. You know what would be awesome. A joint endorsement by Powell, Lugar and Hagel at a high profile event in Ohio or Michigan would just nail it. That would be the most spectacular, because clearly Obama is right on his foreign policy judgements.

    Comment by 3O3 | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  6. Given the Alaska SpringerFest and the fact that GOP politicians are avoiding the RNC like a bad disease, I predict McCain will get no bounce from this convention.
    Then again, if they throw in some mud wresting I might just tune in.

    Comment by CParis | September 1, 2008 | Reply

  7. Colin wants to endorse Obama but doesn’t want to feel the “wrath” of the Republicans. I say screw them and go for the guy you know will lead the country in a better direction.

    Comment by trellskig | September 2, 2008 | Reply

  8. Here is now to handle the Obama bounce – quash it for good —-


    You are the first candidate the U.S. has had in a long time that has continued to spread false information from the first time you hit the campaign trail.

    I find your technique one of the most offensive I have ever experienced. I find your ethics are on the border of being unethical and your manipulation of the facts most disgusting.

    It is common knowledge that the media will always press United States citizens to vote for the candidate who offers them the biggest kick-backs, pay-backs, and over-all “favors”. That is you, Obama.

    Then look at your over all personas: Your stance, the way you hold your head, your gestures, the clothes you wear, the pronouns and adjectives you use. Everything about you is the personification of an individual, who does NOT, let me repeat DOES NOT, have the United States citizens interests’ at heart. You are an elitist and the persona I just described is living proof — your entire appearance is proof — FACT — of what I say.

    Okay – now let’s talk about education. You have a law degree but did not practice law. Why? Readers – look this one up and you will see why. And, the result is not a positive one.

    Then there is the community organizer work you undertook in the state of Illinois. That, too, has been overstated and turned into something “positive” that it in fact was NOT. Dear readers – check this one out yourself as there are many Illinois citizens who will tell you the “truth.”

    My education – NOBAMA – is equal to or greater than your education. I do have the same ability as you to influence U.S. Citizens: And I certainly am taking the opportunity to exploit you for what you truly are.

    You see I am an educator, who works for a famous “Research One” institution, who has the ability to write Journal Articles that all college students will use for research. The true facts about you will come out and in a place that will most definitely do the most good – to influence voters “young voters” on how to spot an individual who does not represent the United States in the capacity as he states he will. Make no mistake, Obama, people will definitely know the subject of the Journal Articles is referencing you and your 2008 Presidential campaign.

    See you in “honest” fact-finding print.

    Comment by Versailles | October 4, 2008 | Reply

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