In what sense is Colin Powell a “Republican”? The decision four years ago by Powell, who was only promoted by Republicans and vilified by Democrats, to vote for Barack Obama, an inexperienced leftist, is at least partly understandable. Most people were willing to give the junior senator from Illinois the benefit of the doubt in exchange for hope, change, and the prospect of the end of the nation’s racial divisions.

But what possible rationale can Powell, a military man, have to vote for Mr. Obama this year? Is it the debacle in Libya? The collapse of our relationship with Russia? Or maybe $5 trillion in new debt? The sick economy? The government takeover of health care? The depression-level unemployment rate among African Americans? Or perhaps it is the president’s soaring rhetoric about Big Bird and “Romnesia”?

Powell explains his vote by saying that Romney has been vague about his plans, although Democrats have been busy savaging the details of those plans for months. Meanwhile, the Obama campaign just issued its second-term-agenda pamphlet yesterday.

All I know is, with the choice this clear, and the vote this close, between an accomplished businessman-politician and more of the same from Barack Obama, no real Republican would pull the lever for the president this year. With Republicans like Powell, who needs Democrats?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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