Opinion: Ken Duberstein, ex-Reagan aide, gives his nod to Barack Obama


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Ken Duberstein, a longtime Washington insider who briefly had a higher public profile as White House chief of staff in the waning days of Ronald Reagan’s administration, today visited two cable networks to announce he will be voting for Barack Obama.

On CNN, he cited Colin Powell’s recent decision to endorse Obama as a big factor for him. ‘Well let’s put it this way -- I think Colin Powell’s decision is in fact the Good Housekeeping seal of approval on Barack Obama,’ he said.

On MSNBC, he became the latest Republican known to frequent Georgetown cocktail parties to take a shot at John McCain for selecting Sarah Palin as his running mate. And he did so with closing lines that Democratic operatives already are circulating.


The Palin pick, Duberstein said, ‘very much undermined the whole question’ of McCain’s judgment. He added:

You know what most Americans I think realized is that you don’t offer a job, let alone the vice presidency, to a person after one job interview. Even at McDonald’s, you’re interviewed three times before you get a job.

The rest of what he had to say can be checked out below.

No word yet on whether Duberstein will be showing up on the Fox News Channel (we won’t be holding our breath for that).

-- Don Frederick