The Essence of Powell

Leave it to Eli Lake to summarize something much better than I. If you wanted to understand the real nature of Colin Powell’s public ethos, youcould do worse than this article. The money quote:

So now, Powell has finally had the guts to break with the Republican Party in a dramatic gesture. His name dominates the front pages; pundits applaud his bravery. McCain’s old strategist Mike Murphy has said that Powell delivered a “sledgehammer” to the Republican nominee. But would Powell have thrown his support to Obama if the race were tighter? That, of course, isn’t his style. And if Powell’s record as a diplomat isn’t the best, there’s one fight that Powell always wins: the battle to control his image.