Hardly breaking news, but former Secretary of State Colin Powell appeared on Face The Nation to let the world know that yes, he is still a Republican in spite of what Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney say. Read more about it below, see photos and a video.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is warning that conservatives like former Vice President Dick Cheney and radio talker Rush Limbaugh have gained a stronghold over the Republican party and because of that, the GOP with such a conservative base, runs the risk of shrinking in appeal. Yawn.
Secretary Powell’s warnings were said in context of his answering personal charges in recent weeks from Rush and Dick Cheney, that Powell should just declare himself a Democrat because he is no longer a Republican.
“Rush will not get his wish, and Mr. Cheney was misinformed,” said Colin Powell, who was a military adviser to President Ronald Reagan, Cabinet member for President George W. Bush and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Bush’s father. “I am still a Republican.”
It may be quite true that Secretary Powell has served well in three Republican administrations but there is no doubt that his politics have definitely moved to the left in that time. Case in point, his speech at the Republican Convention in 1996 when he said this about taxation:
“We are the party committed to lessening the burden of taxes, cutting government regulations and reducing government spending, all for the purpose of generating the higher economic growth that will bring better jobs, wages and living standards to all our people.”
“All of us must be willing to do with less from government if we are to avoid condemning our children and grandchildren with a crushing burden of debt that will deny them the American dream.”
Yet it was just a few months ago that he said this:
“The Republican Party is in deep trouble. Americans do want to pay taxes for services,” he said. “Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less.”
And then there was that little “endorsement” thing…
It was back in late October of 2008 when Colin Powell publically endorsed Barack Obama for President, even stumping for him through the remaining 3 weeks of the campaign. It was juicy news to be sure.
“I think he is a transformational figure, he is a new generation coming onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I will be voting for Senator Barack Obama.”
I remember that day well. There had been a lot of buzz that this was going to happen and I so didn’t want it to. I had long admired Colin Powell since I was a young girl following the Gulf War in school. I was thrilled when W chose him as Secretary of State.
I knew what it might mean to moderates in either party who admire Colin Powell. It would most certainly syphon off critical independent voters from John McCain. But it did happen and the Obamamedia ran with it. Secretary Powell in his news conference extolled The One’s “steadiness, intellectual curiosity, and depth of knowledge” even praising Obama’s choice of Senator Joe “Gaffetastic” Biden as his vice presidential running mate! In his steady and confident way, Powell questioned John McCain’s choice of running mate, Sarah Palin, saying:
“I don’t believe she’s ready to be President of the United States, which is the job of the Vice President.”
The passing of time is an interesting palate cleanser is it not? In hindsight, his comments are incredibly laughable, disingenuous and naive for such an accomplished, well-respected man. I guess he drank some of the glow-y juice because I just can’t explain it any other way.
So now we can all sleep at night knowing that Colin Powell is really a Republican even though he supported far left socialist candidate Barack Obama in the last election. And since the Republican Party should be a big tent according to Powell, maybe he hopes to head up the far-left, socialist, high government taxation, cut-and-run wing of the GOP.
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