Referring to former Secretary of State Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama for President, the former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich said the following yesterday:
What that just did in one sound bite is it eliminated the experience argument. How are you going to say the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs, former national security adviser, former secretary of state was taken in?
Not to subtract from either the importance of Powell's endorsement, or the general perspicaciousness of Mr. Gingrich, who made his comments on ABC's "This Week," but this strikes me as a poor choice of words. Can anyone else think of a time when General Powell was, as Gingrich put it, "taken in" on a matter of national importance -- when he was asked to sift through contradictory evidence, weigh competing arguments, and make a judgment that others were widely expected to be influenced by?
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