I have to give credit to Colin Powell. For a Republican, he really has some cojones.
He publicly defended Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on a Sunday news show.
"What we can't continue to have is to have somebody like a Judge Sotomayor ... called a racist, a reverse racist and she ought to withdraw her nomination because we're mad at her," Powell said Sunday on "State of the Union" on CNN.
Powell said Sotomayor has "an open and liberal bent of mind, but that's not disqualifying. But she seems to have a judicial record that seems to be balanced and tries to follow the law."
The former Secretary of State once again is a voice of reason unlike many other members of his political party.
He was right to defend Sotomayor and calling for "a spirited set of hearings" in the Senate. He also was clear that he was referring to critics outside the Senate. He was likely referring to Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich.
And Powell also was right when he defended then candidate Barack Obama from attacks that he was a Muslim.
"But the really right answer is, "What if he is?" Is there something
wrong with being a Muslim in this country?" Powell said on Meet the
Press. "The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong
with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she
could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party
drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated [with]
Thank God for people like Powell who can challenge the bigots in the world and do so with intelligence and integrity.