Powell Says Shrinking GOP Should Return To The Center
The Republican Party is in big trouble and needs to find a way to move back to the middle of the country, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday.
Powell said the GOP is “getting smaller and smaller” and “that’s not good for the nation.” He also said he hopes that emerging GOP leaders, such as House Minority Whip Cantor, will not keep repeating mantras of the far right.
“The Republican Party is in deep trouble,” Powell told corporate security executives at a conference in Washington sponsored by Fortify Software Inc. The party must realize that the country has changed, he said. “Americans do want to pay taxes for services,” he said. “Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less.”
Oh really, Colin? Check your facts before belching up your opinion.
From recent Rasmussen polling:
59% of U.S. voters agreed with Ronald Reagan that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Only 28% disagree, and 14% are not sure.
Sixty percent (60%) of Americans say the federal government has too much power and too much money.
Seventy-four percent (74%) of Mainstream Americans say tax increases hurt the economy.
Powell, secretary of State during the first term of former President George W. Bush, made waves last year when he came out for the Democratic presidential candidate, then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Powell described the 2008 GOP candidate, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, as “a beloved friend” but said he told him last summer that the party had developed a reputation for being mean-spirited and driven more by social conservatism than the economic problems that Americans faced.
Mr. Powell fails to acknowledge that John McCain is considered the most liberal, most “moderate” candidate the Republican party could have nominated. Under his logic, McCain should have been the ultimate Republican candidate.
Powell also criticized other GOP leaders, for bowing too much to the right.
He blasted radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, saying he does not believe that Limbaugh or conservative icon Ann Coulter serve the party well. He said the party lacks a “positive” spokesperson. “I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without,” Powell said.
OK. Stop right there. Rush has 22 million listeners. I don’t care which party you’re from, that’s a pretty substantial voting block. How that “diminishes” the Republican party just doesn’t hold water. Yes, Rush is an entertainer, but he’s also an analyst who can dissect and explain issues like no other person I’ve heard. Just because the man is a staunch Conservative who disagrees with the left’s ideological philosophy doesn’t equate to “nastiness”.
He also said that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s running mate last year, is “a very accomplished person” but became “a very polarizing figure.” He said the polarization was created by Palin’s advisers.
Where is the proof to back up that last statement? Sarah Palin is a “polarizing figure” because that’s how the media wants her to be viewed. Just like in 2004 the media proclaimed and created Obama as the next rising star of the Democratic party, they have succeeded in conjuring and perpetuating a very unflattering image of Sarah Palin because her charisma and beliefs scare the bejeebus out of them.
It sometimes seems as if Powell is constantly vying for a position in the administration. Maybe he’s just too vain and can’t imagine being irrelevent. Perhaps he’s just too embarrassed that he, too, believed that Iraq had WMDs, and he can’t take the fact that he went in front of the UN to lay out that case.
No matter the reason, this turncoat needs to fade away.