Powell: Build the GOP by Moving Left; Close GITMO

2009 May 24
by bc3b

Here’s a very telling interview with Colin Powell on Face the Nation.

In addition to voting for Obama, he admits to also voting for Kennedy, Johnson and Carter. He believes the Republican Party can grow by appealing to people like himself, who are more aligned with Democratic Party values (or lack thereof). Powell also attacks Dick Cheney and promotes the closing of GITMO.

After this interview, it’s clear I was wrong about Colin Powell. He’s not a RINO; he’s a RINO wannabe.

Here’s the interview courtesy of hotairpundit.com.

36 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 May 24 9:14 am
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    He cannot answer the question that jumps right out at you: Why not simply vote Democrat if those are your values?

  2. 2009 May 24 9:15 am
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Can you imagine this man as a GOP nominee?

  3. 2009 May 24 9:15 am
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    justrand permalink

    Powell…PLEASE stop calling yourself a Republican!

  4. 2009 May 24 9:20 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Perhaps Powell and Meghan McCain should get together and start a third party. The party symbol can be a black and white cow.

  5. 2009 May 24 9:20 am
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    What are the issues on which Powell imagines he has parted ways with the Dems on? He even says government should be big and taxes high. So why should the R party exist?

  6. 2009 May 24 9:23 am
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    The R party has moved left so far so quickly during the Bush years that I don’t think it can be called a conservative party by any stretch, it is ALREADY becoming the SECOND LIBERAL PARTY. It always was such a surreal joke when the left accused Bush of being far right, what a joke, he was a shade to the right of where THEY were.

    And apparently, that’s not nearly enough for Powell.

    Well, I say if this is what the voters want, they can vote Democrat.

  7. 2009 May 24 9:34 am
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    bc3b permalink

    For Powell the GOP will not be pure unless it removes people like the Cheneys, Limbaugh and Sarah Palin. They are amoung a small minority within the party (although Limbaugh isn’t officially part of the party) that have the courage to speak out on the issues, providing a conservative voice.

  8. 2009 May 24 9:37 am
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    booshkindoggin permalink

    Hah, RINO wannabe. snort.

  9. 2009 May 24 9:39 am
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    There are 2 competing worldviews: The founding fathers vs the Statists. (ie, progressives)

    The Democrats are the Statists.
    The Rs are the, um. statists.

    ok. time for a third party, and the GOP must be broken up, with the progressive wing pushed over to the Dems, and the originalist wing absorbed into the new party.

  10. 2009 May 24 9:42 am
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    booshkindoggin permalink

    Powell, who once appeared to be a principled military officer and political leader, turns out to be a opportunist no different from Specter. He now seems to proceed with his finger in the air constantly testing the political winds, and what is best for Powell not the country. Would explain his hopelessly late endorsement of Obama and now his transparent drumbeat for a GOP move to the left. What a whore.

  11. 2009 May 24 9:57 am
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    mulletover permalink

    Reading Colin Powell’s wikipedia entry gives no clue as to what in his service record justified his fast track to full general.

    ??????

  12. 2009 May 24 10:01 am
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    bc3b permalink

    mulletover –

    Do words like politically-motivated and affirmative action come to mind?

  13. 2009 May 24 10:02 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Close Gitmo!, Close Gitmo!

    What a misnomer. The only thing that will change is the number of personnel doing guard duty at the facility. We won’t leave till the lease on that place expires. The detention facilities will remain because it is useful for detention of high value targets. Has been so in the past, will remain so in the future.

  14. 2009 May 24 10:05 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    ok. time for a third party, and the GOP must be broken up, with the progressive wing pushed over to the Dems, and the originalist wing absorbed into the new party. — RWY

    Check this out.

  15. 2009 May 24 10:16 am
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    phineas gage permalink

    More to the point, has ANY black politician dared to oppose Obama?

    (I don’t think Mushy Michael Steele really qualifies).

    IIRC, J.C. Watts disappointingly fell right into line.

    Too many blacks place race above all else, and yet are never called on such racist behavior.

  16. 2009 May 24 10:18 am
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    bc3b permalink

    phineas gage –

    Good points.

    I was very disappointed in J.C. Watts last year.

  17. 2009 May 24 10:30 am
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Yes, the election of Steele as GOP chair was a gesture of surrender. I don’t know what is the deal with Watts. Seems like race means a lot more to some than they care to admit.

  18. 2009 May 24 10:32 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Yahoo –

    I posted a bikini shot of Honor Blackman from the 1960s on the Pelosi thread just for you.

  19. 2009 May 24 10:32 am
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    Brandon permalink

    It’s not about moving left or moving right IMO. It’s about running the right type of candidates to win in that state/district. This is why the Democrats have had so much success the past 2 elections winning senate and house seats. In the south, they ran candidates that fit those districts(pro-life, pro-gun, etc). The GOP needs to learn that you can’t run the same type of candidate that in a state like Pennsylvania that you would in Georgia.

  20. 2009 May 24 10:32 am
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    We will soon see how far multiculturalism can be pushed without being pushed back. I think the multis are starting to push into a zone of resistance, but have not hit any sort of wall yet, but they are getting there.

    And until they hit it, we won’t know if there even is a wall. There isn’t one in Europe, that’s for sure.

  21. 2009 May 24 10:47 am
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    The GOP needs to learn that you can’t run the same type of candidate that in a state like Pennsylvania that you would in Georgia.

    while this is true, you can still run a fairly conservative candidate there and win, he does not have to be a Dem sellout.

    And if he is, what’s the point of electing him? Are you going to try to make the case there was any substantial difference between Arlen Specter and Bob Casey, or Sheldon Whitehouse and Linc Chafee? And look at all the other seats the GOP could have saved with a little money, and it was all wasted on Chafee and Dewine.

  22. 2009 May 24 10:50 am
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    rightwingyahoo permalink

    This is why the Democrats have had so much success the past 2 elections winning senate and house seats. In the south, they ran candidates that fit those districts(pro-life, pro-gun, etc).

    We may get these districts back if the Dems force these people to the left, which they will.

    If the congress would be full of Dems that happened to take the bill of rights seriously, that would be fine with me. What has happened the last 40 years is the Dems have left these people behind, and the Rs picked them up.

    Now the Rs want to leave them behind too.

  23. 2009 May 24 11:24 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Brandon –

    One thing to keep in mind is that politics doesn’t exist in a vacuum.

    You may have caught Powell’s “misspeak,” stating that both houses of Congress switched to the Democrats in 2008 (it actually happened in 2006).

    Why did the voters switch? Issues like a pro-life stance had little to do with it. Things like Iraq, the ecomony, the public’s dislike for George Bush, the party abandoning core values and the constant assault from the media did.

    We know the media will be against us in 2012. But, all the rest of the things can change, and I expact they will. Barack Obama and the Democrats will either be undefeatable in 2012 or unelectable. My money’s on the latter.

  24. 2009 May 24 11:31 am
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    phineas gage permalink

    O/T–has anyone read this?

  25. 2009 May 24 11:47 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Just did and I am not surprised. Though I am dumbfounded it took this long for someone to start asking these kind of questions.

  26. 2009 May 24 11:48 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Phineas –

    Next, you’ll probably be telling us that Hitlery didn’t single-handedly write “It Takes a Village.”

    What separates Sarah Palin from a slimeball like Chris Matthews and slimball politicians (Obama, Pelosi, Reid, McCain, Romney, etc.) is that she is brutally honest. I think that may have been one of the things that worked against her in the TV interviews – having to parrot the “official position” on issues rather than her own personal views. Of course, having a nitwit (mole) like Nicole Wallace prepare her didn’t help either.

  27. 2009 May 24 11:48 am
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    booshkindoggin permalink

    PG – I have read other pieces that persuade me that B Hussein did not write the books attributed to him. This is no surprise since Bambi has never accomplished anything worthwhile on his own merit and ability. Chris “Tingles” Mathews I suppose still believes that feckless dilettante JFK actually wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning Profiles in Courage.

  28. 2009 May 24 12:04 pm
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    conservativetony permalink

    One day soon, this will all become public knowledge. Out of the blue, some reporter will ask him if he wrote Dreams or Audacity and he’ll get that deer in the headlights look.

    His tiny brain will wonder why the question is being asked and whether or not the reporter knows the truth, and where he got it from. Obama will calculate the damage, then attempt an even bigger lie.

    Never fails.

  29. 2009 May 24 12:19 pm
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    blakeney permalink

    The Perfumed Prince is nothing but a silly pest
    Who is upon his former laurels trying to rest
    To follow him down the leftward dell
    Is a certain path to end up in hell
    Is he a Republican working for the party’s gain?
    Indeed! And I’m George the Third, and the Queen of Spain!

  30. 2009 May 24 1:02 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    conservativetony:

    Rumor has it that the “ghost writer” was not some reporter, but William Ayers.

  31. 2009 May 24 1:26 pm
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    Brandon permalink

    Barack Obama, not only bowing to Saudi Kings, but now to five year olds.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/3532376714/sizes/m/in/set-72157618099051717/

  32. 2009 May 24 1:34 pm
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    conservativetony permalink

    “Rumor has it that the “ghost writer” was not some reporter, but William Ayers.”

    Soon enough, the entire country will be aware of this.

    Lies can only be kept for so long before some wanna be hotshot wants to make a name for himself.

  33. 2009 May 24 1:44 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Brandon –

    The way those kids are dressed, I would venture to say they are in a private school via the voucher program. Congratulations kids, your hero just destroyed your future.

  34. 2009 May 24 1:52 pm
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    booshkindoggin permalink

    Wish I could remember the author of the analysis I read weeks ago that broke down the Ayers style and showed how in appeared throughout BHO’s “Dreams”. I recall he pointed to many, many nautical references in both: Ayers was in the Merchant Marine whereas Obama had no exposure to the ocean beyond body surfing in Hawaii.

  35. 2009 May 24 5:28 pm
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    “Rumor has it that the “ghost writer” was not some reporter, but William Ayers.”
    —–
    This surfaced and got some blog coverage during the campaign. Some guy from the Washington Times this week caught up with Ayers at his book signing and asked him about it. Ayers claims he had no involvement with Obama on the book… You make the call, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to learn he had involvement.

  36. 2009 May 24 6:42 pm
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    brucefdb permalink

    Gee, I dont remember the MSM treating Zell Miller as if his opinion mattered when he broke from the Dems in ’04.

    Colleen Powell is just another elitist. We have too many in our party.

    I have never thought a third party made any sense, but what can you do?

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