But I have to give Powell a modicum of credit for his appearance this morning on Tim Russert’s Meet the Press. Asked whether he would endorse any presidential candidates at this stage, Powell wisely said, “Oh, not yet. It’s too early.” What was more interesting, though, was his answer to Russert’s question about whether he would “support the Republican” in the 2008 race.
Powell: “It’s too early. ... I’m going to support the best person that I can find who will lead this country for the eight years beginning in January 2009.As Joe Sudby of AMERICAblog points out, such coyness about party choice is “just not done in GOP world. Loyalty comes first.” Apparently, Powell didn’t get the memo. Or maybe he’s just seen what havoc can be wrought through loyalty.
Russert: “Of any party.”
Powell: “The best person I can find.”
View the video for yourself here.
WATCH MORE: “Powell: Close Guantanamo Now, Restore Habeas” (Think Progress).