It must say something about the level of their self-delusion that the further toward the left end of the political spectrum one falls, the more convinced one becomes that one is a moderate. On the other hand, the more conservative one becomes, the more conservative one is convinced one is.
Over at the Moderate Voice, Shaun Mullen proves that he speaks with anything but a moderate voice.
The racist and xenophobic bile that has flowed from the right-wing Republican base and spokesmouths like Rush Limbaugh has been unprecedented in this campaign season, and it was easy to predict that the moment Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama that he was no longer a war hero and brilliant diplomat but just another uppity Negro.
Mullen offers up not one example to support his ridiculous, venomous charges. The only place I have seen the revolting phrase "uppity negro" in the past ten years is on left wing blogs like his.
Powell's endorsement of Obama surprised no one on the right. Not because of his race, but because of his record. In the Bush administration Powell was a dissenting voice from the left. In the right wing of the blogosphere this was such a non-event that Powerline has yet to even mention it. They have, however, berated those on the left for referring to "Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell as "slave[s] living in the master's house." Ed Morrissey, at Hot air, gives it a big ho-hum.
I’m not going to impugn Powell’s motives here. He served his country honorably in every task assigned to him, and he’s earned the right to participate in the political process. Unlike endorsers like Christopher Buckley, Douglas Kmiec, or Michael Smerconish, Powell has never publicly identified himself as a conservative activist. He’s mostly stayed within the military and foreign-policy realm and could easily have served as Secretary of State in a Clinton administration as much as in a Bush administration. This doesn’t represent any hypocritical apostasy, and it doesn’t come as much of a surprise, either.
Even at Little Green Footballs, where the atmosphere is decidedly more "informal," they mentioned the endorsement, but nothing about race.
Will any moonbat heads be exploding over this? After all, they’ve been vilifying Powell for years for “lying us into a war.”
I’m going to take a wild guess and say the lefties will suddenly forget all about it.
At RedState they mention that "It comes as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the Presidential campaign." But there is no mention of race.
It is the Left, Democrats to be specific, that are more concerned with race. It has always been the Left that is more concerned with race. And it is small-minded leftists like Shaun Mullen who have always deserved the name "race baiter."
Update: Hugh Hewitt dittos the ho-hum:
That endorsement moves, what, the .1% of the vote waiting around to hear what Colin Powell thinks of McCain-Obama? Secretary Powell is a great American and much admired, but only Manhattan-Beltway elites think this matters. McCain on Letterman, Sarah Palin on SNL and of course Joe the Plumber are of far greater consequence that Secretary Powell's blessing.
Not a word about race.