PIERS MORGAN, CNN: Final question. Colin Powell has decided to opt for President Obama again despite apparently still being a Republican. Is it time he left the party, do you think?Classy.
JOHN SUNUNU, ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: Well, I'm not sure how important that is. I do like the fact that Colin Powell's boss, George Herbert Walker Bush, has endorsed Mitt Romney all along. And frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell you have to wonder whether that’s an endorsement based on issues or whether he’s got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama.
MORGAN: What reason would that be?
SUNUNU: Well, I think that when you have somebody of your own race that you’re proud of being President of the United States -- I applaud Colin for standing with him.
To be fair (and we are nothing if we are not fair here at 2PJ), he's since walked back his racial comment a bit:
"Colin Powell is a friend and I respect the endorsement decision he made and I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president’s policies. Piers Morgan’s question was whether Colin Powell should leave the party, and I don’t think he should," Sununu said.If you look carefully, however, you'll see that Sununu's racial answer was not to Morgan's question about whether Powell should leave the GOP. Typical political tactic - distract and assume no one will check the details and that they'll take your word on it. That's still a teensy lie, of course.
In response Powell's chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson said this:
My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people -- not all of them, but most of them -- who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that's despicable.Well, Sununu did start his now retracted racial statement with "when you take a look at Colin Powell..."
Perhaps that was just a metaphor. Perhaps he meant it literally. Either way John Sununu is a sorry excuse for a grownup.
And he's working for Mitt Romney.