Why is it not a surprise?
Not because both are African-American, though Rush Limbaugh and others have suggested that race is the reason.
No Rush, race has nothing to do with it. Abortion is the one and only issue. Powell is "Pro-Choice" and says that he "would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that's what we'd be looking at in a McCain administration."
That's code folks . . . code for "if you elect McCain there is a good chance that Roe v. Wade will be overturned and we can't have that."
Nobody in the Pro-Life movement should be surprised at Powell's stance. In fact, I think that he deserves some credit for standing up for his beliefs - though they are repulsive. The Supreme Court hangs in the balance this November. That's why Tom Ridge, Joe Liberman, and others of their ilk make no sense to me at all.
Abortion underlies all of recent American politics. Why else would Republicans be so hated by Hollywood, the Press, and liberal elites? Aren't their politics pretty similar on most other issues?
It is all about abortion. Shame that the subject is barely mentioned in the campaign.