Gen. Powell has not said he would endorse President Obama’s Republican opponent in 2012. It’s still much too early for that. Colin Powell is probably the most prestigious Republican “moderate” we have in the nation. But the real source of his standing comes from his 40 years’ service to the nation on the battlefield and at the highest levels of command.
President Obama needs to be very careful. If he loses the support of Colin Powell, it could be devastating. Obama will not have the same bright, shiny patina he had in 2008.
He no longer could claim to be the J.F.K. of the black community. Instead, he’ll have a record to defend. Even his strong appeal for minorities and women will be diminished unless he changes course. He has given us record levels of unemployment and all-out support for abortion. Every poll shows that women are more pro-life than men. Minorities are more pro-life than whites. If the economy were humming, the President might get away with his anti-life policies. But with people hurting materially and spiritually, he could be in for rough sledding.