The Telegraph out of the UK is doing a list of the top 100 most influential American liberals and conservatives. Here is number #78 on the liberal list.
78. Colin Powell (23)
Although officially a Republican, Powell secretly met then Senator Barack Obama in 2006 and urged him to run for President. Then, he endorsed the Democratic candidate in the home stretch of the 2008 election at the most damaging possible time for his old friend Senator John McCain.
A former National Security Adviser under Ronald Reagan and Secretary of State under George W. Bush, Powell was central to making the case for the Iraq war at the United Nations, an act for which he now appears determined to atone. He has denied wanting a seat in Obama’s cabinet but as the former Gulf War military commander he would be a natural choice for Pentagon chief when Bob Gates eventually steps down. Alternatively, Powell would probably jump at being Secretary for Education – the subject closest to his heart since George W. Bush dispensed with his services as Secretary of State after the 2004 election.
Having passed up the opportunity to bid to become the first black President when he pondered running against Bill Clinton in 1996, Powell appears heavily invested in doing everything he can to help the man who subsequently achieved that feat.