Powell Endorsement Not Part of the “Romney Momentum” Narrative

You’d figure the way the presidential election is shaping up, Colin Powell would be the quintessential “disappointed Obama supporter” from 2008–you know, a long-time Republican who supported Obama’s “historic” candidacy but now thinks we need to go back to a solid, secretly-moderate Mitt Romney who, among other things, will keep Pentagon spending high and provide foreign policy “stability.”

Nope. Powell announced on CBS this morning that he’s again supporting Obama, and described Romney as a flip-flopper on important foreign policy issues and as too conservative on domestic issues.

Powell’s action certainly doesn’t comport with the “momentum” meme that Republicans have so carefully built up during the last week. Perhaps not coincidentally, Twitter has lit up with conservatives claiming that Powell’s endorsement is strictly about race, not about what the general says it’s about. In other words: it’s a racially-based aberration from a general trend, since those people always stick together, doncha know.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.