I wrote yesterday about Rush Limbaugh playing the race card to marginalize and downplay General Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama. Today, we get video of two more conservatives, George Will and Pat Buchanan, using the exact same tacticts. Here’s what George Will had to say about Powell’s endorsement Sunday on ABC’s This Week:
It seems to me if we had the tools to measure we’d find that Barack Obama gets two votes because he’s black for every one he loses because he’s black because so much of this country is so eager, a, to feel good about itself by doing this, but more than that to put paid to the whole Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson game of political rhetoric.
And on Hardball, Pat Buchanan stated that we have to ask ourselves a question:
Would Colin Powell be endorsing Barack Obama if he were a white liberal Democrat? … General Powell said it would be electrifying if we elected an African-American, and it is naive to suggest it had nothing at all to do with his decision.
But the reality is that Colin Powell, in his interview with Meet the Press, gave about a dozen reasons why he would be supporting Barack Obama over John McCain– McCain’s response to the economic crisis, McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin, and Obama’s growth over the last two years, just to name a few. None of those reasons had to do with race, yet that is the first thing these prominent conservatives see in Powell’s endorsement.So here’s my question: John McCain has been endorsed by over 200 retired and active military officers, the vast majority of them white. So where was this racial outrage when all those white generals endorsed McCain? I mean, obviously they were only doing it because of the color of his skin, right? Even though none of them, to my knowledge, explicitly cited McCain’s race as the reason for endorsing him, that just had to be why. After all, they’re white; he’s white. And it would be naive to suggest that that had nothing to do with their decision.
So again, I ask to the Rush Limbaughs, George Wills, and Pat Buchanans of the world, why didn’t the discussion immediately turn to race when any of those white military officers endorsed the white candidate for president? And why is your reaction to the Colin Powell endorsement anything less than racism?