Especially in the era of those Republicans who can't rise to the occasion. Colin Powell stands out, stands toll. An all out decent human being- what the Jews would call "a true mensch."
Author David J. Rothkopf :
On a personal note, he was always kind, generous with his time and insights and a great example to me of what is best about Washington. He was a good man, a mensch. He will be deeply missed.
The courage to admit making mistakes.
Editorial: Colin Powell preached integrity and admitted to mistakes - Chicago Tribune
A moderare Republican who also had the courage to endorse two great Democratic personalities to be president.