I don’t know what to say about Colin Powell any more. There was a time when I would have enthusiastically voted for him for President. There was a time when I waited in a bookstore line for four hours to get him to sign a copy of his autobiography, My American Journey. Those were the days, my friends.
Sadly, those days are in the past, and the Colin Powell of today seems to be much more of a squishy liberal on a variety of topics.
For example, in an appearance on “Face the Nation” yesterday, Powell blandly dismisses the very existence of voter fraud. Nope, no evidence at all. None. Nosiree! But then he goes on to say something extraordinary about requiring identification for voting:
“These kinds of procedures that are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote I think are going to backfire, because these people are going to come out and do what they have to to vote, and I encourage that…”
Wow. First , he blatantly misrepresenting the reason for requiring voter IDs (Really? To slow the process down and make it harder for minorities? Well, he’s already stated that voter fraud doesn’t exist, so what other reason could there be?) But then in the same breath he goes on to say that those same minorities are going to do what they need to do to vote.
And that’s the point. It’s that simple. That’s all anyone is asking. Do what you need to do to vote. Get an I.D.
Or, as the inestimable Bill Whittle said, : “To oppose these reasonable rules for fair elections is to admit that your team can’t win without cheating.”
Is that what you’re really saying, Mr. Powell?