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FOX Friend Carlson insinuates Colin Powell not real Republican for possible endorsement of Obama

Reported by Chrish - August 14, 2008 -

Yesterday, August 13th , Bill Kristol told FOX News that former Secretary of State Colin Powell would endorse Barack Obama in an appearance at the Democratic national Convention in Denver in two weeks. Today 8/14/08 he appeared on FOX and Friends to insist that, although Powell has personally stated he will not be in attendance at the DNC, the Obama camp "expects" Powell's endorsement.

What Powell actually said was “I do not have time to waste on Bill Kristol’s musings. I am not going to the convention. I have made this clear.”

Kristol repeated several times that he was channeling the Obama camp, who expects the endorsement; it would have been really big to have happen at the convention but in any event, they regard it as a big endorsement. He, Kristol, doesn't think it's a big deal and he didn't mean to hype it.

Brian Kilmeade asked if Colin Powell is perhaps fishing around for a job or appointment? He speculated that he doesn't want his career to go out with a whimper and insinuated that an Obama endorsement may get him an appointment.

Kristol shrugged that speculation off, and said instead that the Obama camp will say that moderate Republicans were deserting the party and that McCain's foreign policy (4 more years of neo-con disaster) is out of touch with mainstream, traditional foreign policy. Kristol doesn't think they can maintain that argument because McCain was "right about the surge, right about Putin."

Gretchen Carlson's concern was that, as a moderate backing Obama, Powell could influence voters away from McCain, "who's a moderate! If Colin Powell's not going to choose the moderate from his own alleged party (making finger-quotes in the air) that speaks volumes to me." That's exactly what the Obama camp is hoping for, and that's why he's a pretty important figure and why it's a "little bit newsworthy" if he endorses Obama, replied Kristol.

Kilmeade pursued the "wants another chance" angle and Kristol said he doesn't know, but he thinks Powell would like to be viewed as an elder statesman who helped a younger man become president.

Sure, sore-loser nobody Hillary supporters who are going to vote for McCain are treated like stars on FOX with countless appearances to trash Obama, but a widely respected Republican General, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and former Secretary of State under Bush has his political affiliation called into question for not toeing the party line. Colin Powell is not so highly regarded in some quarters for his role in garnering support for the Bush invasion of Iraq