So tell me, what do the LPR make of Powell's endorsement of Obama?

Australia
October 20, 2008 8:17am CST
LPR = Loony Republican Right. Actually, I have another question: What would they do if Powell were to seek and gain the Republican nomination to take on Obama at the next election (I am assuming,as most non-Americans do, that Obama will win this one). And another question: What are the chances of Obama surviving a full term without being assassinated by some fool from the LPR? Lash
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@ZephyrSun (7399)
• United States
20 Oct 08
Well most LPRs have said it's a race thing even though Powell have some really amazing reasons for supporting Obama. I know that Powell has stated that he doesn't want to run for president but, people change their mind or flip flop if you will. lol I think that if he were to run he would run as an Independent or a Democrat, he said yesterday that the Republican party is going to far right for him.
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@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
20 Oct 08
That accusation was guaranteed to happen if he supported Obama. I disagree with Powell's choice, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he actually has a good reason for his choice. The flip-flopping of such is nothing new. Biden made it very clear that he didn't want to be VP, but jumped at the opportunity when it was offered to him. I think it's odd that anyone would believe the republican's are going too far to the right since John McCain is one of the most liberal republicans in the senate.
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@ZephyrSun (7399)
• United States
20 Oct 08
I guess Biden said after telling McCain that he would either run with him or against him, he said he didn't want to be VP?
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@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
20 Oct 08
It was in April of 2007 while speaking with Tim Russert. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4bE7gTv8qI
@spalladino (17929)
• United States
20 Oct 08
It certainly would make for an interesting race if Powell ran against Obama in four years and I would imagine that the outcome would depend on how well Obama did in those four years and how instrumental Powell was in any accomplishments. I also believe that Obama faces the same threat of assassination as McCain would and as any former president has faced. The Secret Service are well trained, security will always play an important role in any president's activities.
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@evanslf (485)
20 Oct 08
I can't see Powell running for president now. He had his chance against Clinton back in 1996 but chose not to run at that time, his wife being concerned at the media intrusion should he be a candidate. In addition, it would be a bit hard for Powell to run against Obama in 2012 having endorsed him in 2008! (assuming Obama wins, likely but not yet a done deal)
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@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
20 Oct 08
I'm amazed that only one person noticed your failed abbreviation. That said, I can't speak for any loony types since I'm not one of them. I'm just one of those normal republicans. How did the loony left respond to Lieberman's endorsement of McCain? I know the mainstream left freaked out and now want him ostracized not only from the party, but from his committee positions as well. I don't think an assassination is likely with Obama. I do believe attempts are very likely, but there have been attempts on Reagan, Bush Sr., and the current Bush and none of them have been successful. Even when Reagan was hit by a bullet I think it was only a ricochet and not a direct hit. I have faith that the Secret Service can protect any president appropriately. We haven't had an assassination since Kennedy and that was well before I was born.
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@anniepa (25034)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I noticed it, Taskr, I was just being polite...lol! Hey, typos happen! Annie
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• Australia
21 Oct 08
Very well, lol, how long before a serious attempt? I don't know about the Lieberman incident not being American, but looking at his online biographies it would seem he has long been out of favour with the Democrats, and there is something of a difference in credibility between a Cabinet level Republican and a junior senator who had to stand as a independent at his last senate election. Lash
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@anniepa (25034)
• United States
21 Oct 08
Obviously, they think Powell's a racist now! He was so highly respected by both the left and right for years but now his own party has turned on him. I guess using that reasoning, when Lieberman endorsed McCain it was because he was both sexist and racist since the Democratic nomination had yet to be decided but it was obvious it would be either an African American or a woman. Apparently, nobody from either side of the aisle would ever think of supporting someone from the opposite side because they think that person is a better candidate and would make a better President, right? I don't think Powell is very likely to run for President in the future and from what he said he's not very happy with the GOP right now and there's no way he could get the nomination without going along with the "right" that he's rather critical of. Annie
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• Australia
21 Oct 08
Annie, it was very much a 'hypothetical', even from this far away I can see it is unlikely that Powell could get the nomination, unless there is a true generational change within the GOP. And assuming he even wants it. Lash
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
20 Oct 08
I assume you meant LRR for loony repubclican right? I also wonder what will happen if Obama wins the election. I cannot help thinking that with all the hate McCain has been throwing at him that he will be attacked as soon as he wins. Maybe Powell will be seen as just supporting a fellow black person.
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• Australia
20 Oct 08
Oh cr*p, indeed I did, and there goes half the impact. Bummer. A slip of the brain. Lash
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@eden32 (3978)
• United States
20 Oct 08
It seems they're (LRR) are trying to downplay it as one African-American blindly supporting another. Which is ridiculous, Powell donated money to McCain early on. Among other things, why would anyone throw their money away if they were inclined to just blindly support someone else? I think Powell could still get the nod if he choose to run in 4 years.
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@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
21 Oct 08
I don't care what Powell does. Celebrity endorsements have never meant anything to me. I don't consider myself to be a loony, but I do prefer the Republican platform, especially this time. Obama's programs and policies are socialist. I don't believe in the Robinhood policy of stealing from the rich to give to the poor. McCain has been serving his country all of his adult life and will continue to do so as President. Obama, on the other hand will serve himself.
• Australia
26 Oct 08
I don't consider all Republicans as being of the LRR, just the loony ones. Just as I consider the loonies from the Democrats to be equally loony. It's the loonies who make religion so distasteful at times as well, of whatever creed. I don't really see Powell as a 'celebrity endorsement' - that would Clint Eastwood or Madonna - he is a respected cabinet level politician whose views can be taken as informed and hopefully thoughtful. Lash
• United States
21 Oct 08
First of all, the Looney Right, is much more than the fascist left. Hah! Gotchya. I was hoping that Colin Powell had run this time. Well, he blew it. He would have destroyed Senator Obama. You know what, it is time, and I mean this, the name calling can and should come to an end. Anyway, Colin Powell has lost some of my respect as he has poor reasons for wanting to endorse Senator Obama and this is showing throughout the wonderful leftist media which has already won the election for Obama. Yet, watch out, it ain't over 'til the "fat" lady sings. Experience, Experience, Experience! Location, Location, Location! Both are similarly important for success. Also, in regards to assassination, it is going to be his own people if it happens. It might even be a Muslim sympathizer. Anything is possible. Not a bad discussion Grandpa Lash.
@rodney850 (2146)
• United States
20 Oct 08
Grandpa_lash, Powell, sadly to say, falls into the same category as all of the other "Obamites" who are so blinded by the auora which is the "messiah" that they can't see that they are about to elect the most inexperienced president in the history of our country! Even powell's main reason for supporting him is not a really valid reason and I quote "I am supporting him because of his ability to inspire". What utter rubbish! America doesn't need inspiration, they need a leader which they will not have in Barack Obama! Do you believe he will be inspirational enough to keep several million Iranians from nuking Israel or will he or the rest of you "Obamites" even care? America faces some real challenges ahead and an Obama administration will only exacerbate those challenges beyond comprehension!