The First Card?

Yesterday I wrote on three moves that Obama could possibly have up his sleeve, each of which having the capacity to suck valuable news cycles away from the McCain campaign.  We may see the first one on Sunday.

To summarize my points from yesterday, John McCain needs to start hogging up the news cycles in a beneficial way in order to have a shot at winning the election.  But Obama has three potential blocks; declaring his September fundraising totals, his half hour ad buy less than a week before election day, and a rumored endorsement by none other than Gen. Colin Powell (ret.).

For the past couple of days, rumors have begun to swarm that the high profile Republican and career soldier could jump the aisle to endorse the Democratic candidate for President of the United States.  These rumors have been sent into full frenzy with the revelation that Powell will be making an appearance on Meet the Press this Sunday.

According to the Politico, Republican operatives are nervous; they seem convinced that Powell intends to endorse Obama, and if he does indeed do that it will not only bolster Obama’s national security credibility among low information voters, but will serve as an embarrassment to John McCain.

As a pessimist, I don’t want to buy into this until and unless it actually happens.  Powell has, earlier, claimed that he does not intend to endorse either candidate for president, and he is a Republican.  On the other hand, to Obama’s credit, I also do not believe that Powell is a neocon, and after getting burned by George W. Bush’s foreign policy, may see McCain’s more dangerously ideological approach may have him eager to try and put his finger on the scale in the opposite direction.

Even if Powell is planning on endorsing Obama, I still remain skeptical that that endorsement will come this Sunday.  On one hand, the hype is to be expected, but on the other hand the Obama people traditionally tend to be more in control of these kinds of things.  It would be more likely for the Obama campaign to roll this endorsement out at a campaign rally.

All of these thoughts aside, though, it seems rather plausible given the secretive circumstances of the appearance and the rurmors getting pushed through the rumor mill that an Obama endorsement is exactly what’s coming this Sunday morning.

And if that’s the case, I have a feeling I know what the talk of the town will be for at least the first few days of next week.

4 Responses to “The First Card?”

  1. Jay says:

    I think this makes a lot of sense considering that Palin is scheduled to appear on SNL just a few hours before. What better way to turn the attention away from a potential positive appearance by Palin on the popular television show? Just sayin’ 😉

  2. Hey, Jay!

    Crap, that’s a good point, I forgot about the Palin SNL appearance… is that supposed to be this weekend? I thought it was next weekend. On the other hand, if it is this weekend, I think my percentages of the Powell endorsement sunday just went way the hell up.

  3. Jay says:

    Yes, this Saturday night Palin will appear on SNL, and we just *know* the McCain campaign is requiring that she not be treated poorly.

  4. Yup, that settles it, if Powell’s going to endorse Obama, it’ll be Sunday, unless Palin makes a fool of herself on SNL.

    I have to say, I’m interested in how this goes down. The folks at SNL really don’t like her at all. But they’re also professionals.


    Is this election over yet?

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