Responding to former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), right-wing talker Mike Gallagher declared on his radio show today that “race is the factor I think that drives much of this” because Powell is “enamored and in love with the concept of a black man being president of these United States.” Gallagher then suggested that Powell might not “have the intellectual capacity to, you know, make a distinction and realize the difference” between Obama and the “long list of black Americans who would make fine presidential candidates.” Listen here:
Earlier today, Rush Limbaugh claimed that Powell’s endorsement “was totally about race.” Powell, however, rejected such claims on Meet The Press yesterday, saying, “If I had only had that in mind, I could have done this six, eight, 10 months ago.”
GALLAGHER: You know Dee, and I’m sorry, I know you want to be on a long time, but I’ve got, I’m really fighting the clock and I want to get as many voices on today as I can. I think that’s at play here. Race is the factor I think that drives much of this. I really do believe that there are people like Colin Powell and Michael Smerconish and Kathleen Parker who are enamored and in love with the concept of a black man being president of these United States.
And listen, I’m not unaware of the historic nature of a viable black presidential candidate. I’ve said it before. I’m not going to pretend that it’s not meaningful and impactful. Just not this one. Just not this particular black American. Just not this particular radical liberal, who’s pro abortion and anti-family and high taxes. And everything that we should fear as Americans. Not this one. You know, there’s a long list of black Americans who would make fine presidential candidates. So, I’m afraid that many of these people don’t have the intellectual capacity to, you know, make a distinction and realize the difference. I’m Mike Gallagher and God bless America.