EVEN WITH ALL THE HOOPLA ABOUT COLIN POWELL LAST WEEK, IT WAS THE silences that were most impressive. Powell told ABC's Barbara Walters he favored gun control, but the National Rifle Association fired no rhetorical shot in reply. Powell said he favored abortion rights and was less than enthusiastic about promoting school prayer. Yet Ralph Reed, executive director of the conservative Christian Coalition, declined invitations to appear on TV to criticize him. Although he disagrees with Powell on those issues, Reed says, "There is a deep reservoir of admiration for Powell based on the integrity and rectitude of his own personal...

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