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You know, when long-time conservative National Review contributer Christopher Buckley and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, a long-time high-profile fundraiser for the Democratic party, decided to publicly back Barack Obama, no one asked, “Was it race or merit?”  That’s the same question being asked of the far more moderate and respected former Secretary of State Colin Powell.  

Perhaps it goes deeper than race, The Media, to an issue of trust.  Afterall, Colin Powell was still workingas SoS during the early days of the Bush Administration and supported the president (though clearly skeptical), during Bush’s bid for war.  Powell was also keenly aware of Sen. Barack Obama’s firm stand against the war. 

It’s too late to alter our course in the east, but it’s not to late to alter the course that lay ahead.  That’s why it’s time for a candidate like Barack Obama.  And that’s why we’re seeing support across the board from people of all colors.  It’s time for this country to mend it’s wounds and come together; Democrat or Republican, Green Party or Libertarian, black or white, girl or boy.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the National Review, it’s a conservative magazine.  And yes, it’s running negative attack ads just like the McCain/Palin ticket.  Prior to this heated election cycle, whenever I’ve heard an NR writer interviewed, I’ve typically been impressed by their approach to fair-thinking conservative politics.  The magazine makes no qualms about where it stands, but frankly, I felt it would be a bit more compassionate toward the founder’s son, a writer for the magazine who recently decided he supports Sen. Barack Obama for president.  His article on The Daily Beast is insightful:  

I retain the fondest feelings for the magazine that my father founded, but I will admit to a certain sadness that an act of publishing a reasoned argument for the opposition should result in acrimony and disavowal.

How sad – the magazine gets a shot at having its tires balanced and decides instead to give away the car.  

Also see related, Sorry Dad, I’m voting for Obama