250943230_ad979d522b_m.thumbnail.jpgAs predicted, Colin Powell endorsed Obama today.  After Obama raised a hundred million dollars last month, every meaningful newspaper is behind him, he’s soaring in the polls and McCain’s campaign has devolved into a complete clown car.

Way out there on a limb, Colin.  

As Atrios says, Powell can still go Cheney himself for the role he played in Anthrax, Iraq and a host of other Republican fiascos.  But this really tickled me:

Stressing that Obama was a lifelong Christian, Powell denounced Republican tactics that he said were insulting not only to Obama but also to Muslims.

“The really right answer is what if he is?” Powell said, praising the contributions of millions of Muslim citizens to American society.

“I look at these kind of approaches to the campaign, and they trouble me,” Powell said. “Over the last seven weeks, the approach of the Republican Party has become narrower and narrower.”

No it’s not, they’re doing what they always do.  What everyone always knew they were going to do.  Taking part in the collective lie about how the Republican party operates has always been part of Powell’s schtick, and the fact that he’s jumping off that ship right now doesn’t really elevate him in my estimation.

Still, if it makes a few more people comfortable voting for Obama, better now than never.