Despite a litany of conservative commentators criticizing the McCain campaign for fallaciously trying to link Senator Obama to terrorism, some in the Republican party still hold to the notion that McCain is the victim of left leaning spin. They argue that what we see in the media is not reality, but a “narrative” outlined by the left to convince Americans that, for example, Gov. Palin is wholly unqualified for the office of Vice President of the United States. I disagree with this counter narrative, and would point out that my criticism of Palin has always been tied to her own words and her own actions, not spin from the left. Sarah Palin, in my opinion, needs help from no one to demonstrate that she is unfit for national public office.
Republicans have hidden behind accusations of media bias for at least as long as I have followed politics, and it would be silly to think that they’ll stop now. However, today General Colin Powell, a Republican who served in both Bush presidencies, announced that he would support Barak Obama for president. In his explanation of why he is supporting Obama, Powell listed many of the same items that I have observed here on TPB: 1) Sarah Palin is unqualified for VP; 2) the McCain campaign’s recent negative personal attack ads and campaign speeches are reprehensible; and 3) the Republican party’s far right-wing ideology is bankrupt.
Given the discussion above, I think Powell’s comments are very important. This is not David Brooks, a token conservative for a liberal rag, this is Colin freakin Powell, once future of the Republican party. Powell’s comments are not a liberal narrative and they are not spin; they express what is really happening in the truly ugly campaign McCain has run. Perhaps McCain and other conservatives will consider the criticisms of General Powell out of respect for the source. I won’t hold my breath, but I hope that Powell’s comments will at least give them pause before they dismiss future criticism as leftist story telling.