Lawrence O’Donnell Says Colin Powell Will Endorse Obama
Who knows if this is true, frankly. But at The Huffington Post, Lawrence O’Donnell kinda-sorta says that Colin L. Powell, the former general and former secretary of state, is on the verge of endorsing Sen. Barack Obama.
How does O’Donnell know this? He never makes that clear, preferring to write with a cat-got-a-canary coyness that suggests authority but could easily conceal total ignorance:
The recent ugliness of the McCain-Palin rally audiences cannot be lost on Colin Powell. And Powell is not one to ignore a 14 point lead in a New York Times poll. But most important for Powell and the press will be his explicit rejection of the Bush-McCain approach to Iraq, Iran and the rest of the world.
Maddening stuff. Is O’Donnell saying that Powell will endorse Obama or that he should? Despite the depths to which his service to George W. Bush plunged him, Powell remains a massively popular and respected figure, and if there’s any undecided voter left in the country, Powell’s endorsement would push him or her to Obama.
But that’s not the same thing as being able to report that Powell will endorse Obama! Allison, if I ever wrote anything like O’Donnell just wrote, would you ever in a million years publish it?