Conservative Icons Endorse Obama

In the last three days, a wave of both Republican and economic icons have endorsed Barack Obama for president, including Colin Powell, Christopher Buckley, Eric Schmidt and Ben Bernanke. You don’t know who these people are?

David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily Star

Colin Powell was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the first Gulf War and the original secretary of state under George W. Bush. He’s a staunch Republican, has more combined military and foreign policy gravitas than probably anyone in town, he’s known John McCain for 25 years, and he’s voting for Obama.

Christopher Buckley wrote for National Review, a conservative magazine founded by his father the late William F. Buckley, Jr. who was a preeminent, if not the preeminent conservative intellectual of his generation. Since endorsing Obama, Christopher Buckley has left his father’s magazine. Oh yeah, he also wrote Thank You for Smoking.

Eric Schmidt is the CEO of Google and has been campaigning with and advising Obama for a while now.

As for Bernanke, he’s the Fed Chairman, which is typically supposed to be an apolitical, bipartisan, above-the-fray sort of position—which is why he stopped short of endorsing Obama outright and just endorsed his fiscal stimulus package (at the expense of McCain’s).

Brian Fairrington /

Just when the dour economic news stopped flooding in and McCain finally has a chance to change the subject, the defections start coming in and not only that, if he goes after Obama right now he’ll look like a jerk because he’s visiting his sick grandmother!

Jason Stürmer is a contributor for (RR).

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