I think it’s funny that people assume that African-Americans are voting Obama only because he’s black. Let’s consider the candidacy of another black man, Al Sharpton. He’s tried to run for mayor of NYC to no avail. Know why? He didn’t have the support of many people, regardless of their race. If people only supported candidates of their own race, Sharpton should have had at least a fighting chance among his own. However, the African-American community, like every other voting American, votes for candidates because they are QUALIFIED.
So many conservatives have supported Powell over the years for all his myriad accomplishments. Now that he’s supporting the Democratic candidate, all of those accomplishments are pushed aside for the “obvious” reason he is crossing party lines: race. Powell was very clear in his reasons for supporting Obama. He mentioned that the race factor was historic, but didn’t list it among his reasons. Why is it so difficult to believe that race wasn’t one of his reasons? He’s certainly not the only conservative crossing party lines. Christopher Buckley, a writer in his father’s conservative newspaper, the National Review, recently lost his job because he openly supported Obama. Kathleen Parker, another conservative took a grilling for suggesting that Palin politely step down from her wanna-be-VP post.
Parker takes issue with the right-wing for being so nastily dismissive of dissenting opinions. Powell feels that the Republican party is going in the wrong direction. Buckley felt that he didn’t leave the party, but that it left him. Conservatives are jumping ship, and everytime they do, people like Rush Limbaugh come up with a reason they’re doing it. They say, Powell’s doing it because he’s black, Buckley was doing it as a stunt to promote his book, etc. But the real reason is: these particular conservatives just can’t support the right anymore. Why? The Right is DEAD WRONG and more and more conservatives are crossing the aisle to get to the other side because they finally realize the LEFT is RIGHT.