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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Contemplating Colin Powell

Victor Davis Hanson contemplates the incoherence of Colin Powell's public pronouncements and marvels. [here]

Hanson feigns perplexity, but the reason for Powell's dissembling is obvious. He was and remains a conservative in most things, but felt compelled, for reasons of racial solidarity, to support Obama, and had to justify that support. His explanation was that the right wing had gained too much influence in the Republican Party. He knows that is untrue, but speaking that falsehood was, for him, preferable to admitting his racial bias.