Originally posted by G4Dude
Your thread title is misleading. "Bailing out" implies that he was scheduled to speak but then decided not to.
Scheduled or not, one certainly would have expected the Secretary of State during a time of war and a time where international cooperation with the US in its attempts to combat terrorism is a national imperative to speak. Powell is high profile. He's widely respected, both within the Republican party and across party lines as well as throughout the world. He is a key figure as far as a issues at the core of this election are concerned. It would seem like a good supportive speech from him would be an asset.
Did Clinton's Secretary of State speak at the Democratic convention in 1996? I don' know, I'm curious.
Me neither, but was Warren Christopher ever as high-profile a member of the Clinton cabinet as Powell is of the Bush cabinet?
Originally posted by Common Man
The point is that his disention does not signal some major problem in the administration.
Doesnt it? People are, at the very least, going to wonder if Powell has elected not to speak because he no longer wants anything to do with the extreme end of the Republican party. Or perhaps if the extreme end has asked him not to speak because they no longer want to have anything to do with the moderate end. At the very least it represents a division between moderate / centrist Repubs and the extremist neo-cons (or rather, an exclusion of the moderate).