One of the latest Republicans to hop on the Obama bandwagon is Colin Powell. That's "old" news (as of yesterday) and was less than surprising as it had been hinted at for several weeks, and yet carries a great deal of symbolic weight, for Powell had been an insider, a member of the George W. Bush team, a card-carrying representative of the Republican establishment.
The CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt "plans to join executives from other technology companies in announcing their support for Mr. Obama and will appear at an event in Florida on Tuesday with the Democratic candidate" according to the Telegraph.co.uk. Schmidt's joining hands with Obama is also powerfully symbolic, if for no other reason than as a counterpoint to the political union between the former CEO of eBay, Meg Whitman and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina with John McCain.
Then there's Ken Adelman, described by Michael D. Shear of WaPo as "a key part of George Bush's defense agency," and a senior political adviser to "Presidents Reagan, Ford and even Nixon."
Adelman is, says Shear, "a staunch conservative."
While I am not aware of Mr. Schmidt's feelings about Sarah Palin, both Colin Powell and Ken Adelman indicated a major source of their displeasure with John McCain was his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. Adelman said "That decision shows appalling lack of judgment. Not only is Sarah Palin not close to being acceptable in high office ... But that selection contradicted McCain's main two, and best two, themes for his campaign -- Country First, and experience counts. Neither can he credibly claim, post-Palin pick."
Mr. McCain thought, I'm sure, and for awhile events seemed to bear him out, that Sarah Palin would revive his moribund candidacy. It didn't take long, however, before all but the most rabid, racist and homophobic members of his base became painfully aware of Palin's shortcomings.
The Palin choice was a calculated move to propel him into the White House. Now it appears it will only propel him into oblivion.
It can't happen soon enough.