I've always had a problem with Colin Powell because he spent his professional career delivering bombs to people of color. I have never, ever, thought of him as someone who cares about diversity, much less as the one conservative who might come out and stand up for Americans of Islamic faith. I can't say I suddenly like the man, but I do have a greater appreciation for his complexity.
And, more importantly, I'm ecstatic over the ringing endorsement he gave Obama today. Anyone listening has long been hearing that he would endorse Obama, but he did it with such eloquence and conviction (and with such a crippling indictment of the McCain campaign and his own party), that it came straight from the heart I never knew he had.
Does anyone now remember that Palin was on SNL last night?