May 7, 2009

Colin Powell - HE'S the one out of touch

Not content to have aggrieved the far left over the Iraq WMDs issue when in the Bush administration, it seems Colin Powell has set about to alienate the right as well. Perhaps Colin Powell has tried to talk himself back into the good graces of the far left, knowing that the media will treat his legacy more leniently in doing so. Perhaps he's just drifted leftward.

As Reported in the National Journal,

"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."

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.

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.

Stop shouting? We can't be heard otherwise Mr. Powell. Meanwhile you have talked yourself into total irrelevance.

You endorsed Obama for President against a very moderate, even liberal ,Republican. Now you want to lecture the GOP on how to improve it's stature? No thanks. Nobody likes you, deal with it.

As for attacking Rush Limbaugh, it's undignified enough to not merit a response. Rush Limbaugh espouses freedom, individualism, and reason. He tries to argue point based on facts. There is no dishonor there. There is nothing to hurt the party in his ideals. What hurts the party is the twisting of his words.

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