Today's topic, naturally, was Colin Powell's decision to endorse Barack Obama. Although no one called Powell a traitor, some individuals came extremely close. More interesting to me were the many variations on a theme that had a through-the-looking-glass quality: "When Colin Powell was fighting in Vietnam and John McCain was a prisoner of war, Barak Hussein Obama's friends were bombing the Pentagon. How can Powell forget that?"
Sometimes, this argument repeated the implication of Sarah Palin's soundbite about Obama "palling around with terrorists." That got me thinking. Since Obama's oft-repeated comeback to the criticism of his association with former members of the Weather Underground is that he was eight at the time, I wonder whether his campaign might, deep down, be welcoming this line of attack, no matter how brutal it seems on the surface.
You see, in a campaign where age differences matter greatly, the fact that Obama can remind people he was eight at the height of the Vietnam War might prove a bigger advantage than Colin Powell's endorsement, even, particularly among younger voters. Then again, Sarah Palin can make the same point, to which Obama might consider responding that she was, "palling around with moose butchers."