COLIN POWELL IS THE IDEAL candidate. Nearly 90% of voters familiar with him across the political spectrum have a favorable impression of him. Crowds of mostly white military retirees give him standing ovations. So do classrooms of inner-city kids. CEOs of major companies call his old friends asking how to contribute to his presidential race, while ordinary citizens are collecting signatures in shopping malls and organizing a letter-writing campaign to convince him that the nation is calling him to duty once more. He radiates confidence, integrity, reassurance. Yet he is more than upstanding; he is charismatic, what former Secretary of State...

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