Watts isn't the only black Republican that is preparing to make the leap to Obama either. Colin Powell told a British Columbia, Canada crowd that he wouldn't rule out voting for Obama.
"I will vote for the individual I think that brings the best set of tools to the problems of 21st-century America and the 21st-century world regardless of party, regardless of anything else other than the most qualified candidate," said Powell
Other notable black Republicans that are considering voting for Obama include Armstrong Williams, Michael Stelle, and John McWorter. Based on comments made by these individuals it would appear that the possibility of electing the first black president, one who they hope will actually take on issues of poverty, weighs heavily in their decision making process, as it should.
For us, it comes down to three issues. Those are the Iraq war (possibly Iran by the time the neocons are out of office), free trade, and illegal immigration. Unfortunately for Republicans, our candidate is wrong on all three of those issues. Which leaves Obama, who is right on the first two.
For paleoconservatives the choice is fairly simple, put another neocon in office or bring someone in who will end the war and will embrace fair trade policies that are good for America.