I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, “Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.” Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer’s no, that’s not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, “He’s a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
Lying to the country about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, like Colin Powell did, is also not “the way we should be doing it in America.” Some partisan Democrats will be hugging Colin Powell as if his judgment were exemplary today because he’s endorsed Barack Obama and therefore in their minds he must be credible, or at least exploitable as if he were credible. I don’t believe Colin Powell is a credible authority; he sacrificed his credibility for loyalty’s sake in 2003. It is not at all important to me that Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama, because I don’t trust what Colin Powell says. But in this case what Colin Powell has said is nevertheless true, and I am glad that someone has taken to the airwaves to say it.