Perhaps Ethan is on to something, as The Policito details an interesting tidbit from a Tim Russert interview of the former Secretary of State.

Oh and if you didn’t watch the last episode of the Sopranos yet, skip the end of this post.

Powell has met with Barack Obama twice to discuss foreign policy. As the first Secretary of State under George W. Bush, Powell played a major role in policy leading up to and the conducting of the Iraqi war. Maybe this is why Ethan thinks Obama’s plan looks suspiciously like George Dubbya’s?

Beyond just the two meeting on foreign policy, Russert also asked Powell who he may potentially support in the coming elections. His answer was quite coy and provocative.

MR. RUSSERT: Would you ever come back in the government?
GEN. POWELL: I would not rule it out. I’m not at all interested in political life, if you mean elected political life. That is unchanged. But I always keep my, my eyes open and my ears open to requests for service.
MR. RUSSERT: Any endorsements?
GEN. POWELL: Oh, not yet. It’s too early.
MR. RUSSERT: But you’ll support the Republican?
GEN. POWELL: It’s too early.
MR. RUSSERT: Would you support an independent?
GEN. POWELL: I’m going to support, I’m going to support the best person that I can find who will lead this country for the eight years beginning in January 2009.
MR. RUSSERT: Of any party?
GEN. POWELL: The best person I can find.

Now I personally think the implication of a Obama/Powell ticket is as absurd as the fade-to-black ending of The Sopranos last night. However, the influence a Powell endorsement could have, especially for a Democrat, is as tantalizing an idea as knowing if that guy in the bathroom whacks Tony in front of his family as “Don’t Stop Believing” blares in the background.