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Former Secy of State Gen. Colin Powell is appearing on Face the Nation today. An advance by CBS contains the quotes that follow. Whatever. Powell still thinks of himself as a Republican. He should have hit back hard at Limbaugh and Cheney if he believes they are hurting his party. You can hit hard without stooping to their smug level. I wish Powell wasn’t so diplomatic.
“I am still a Republican. I’d like to point out that in the course of my 50 years of voting for presidents, I have voted for the person i thought was best qualified at that time to lead the nation.
Last year I thought it was President-now Barack Obama,” Powell said.
Powell said the Republican party needs a new look if it wants to stay relevant.
“I think the Republican party has to take a hard look at itself and decide what kind of party are we?” he said.
“I have always felt that the Republican party should be more inclusive than it generally has been over the years.
Powell also addressed criticism from conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, saying his assertion that Powell only voted for President Obama because “he is black” was “unfortunate.”
(Source: CBS’ Face the Nation)
SCHIEFFER: Good morning again. The former vice president is in the studio with us this morning, as he has been many times over the years.
Mr. Vice President, thank you for being here. You’re obviously here because we invited you here and we appreciate that, but I want to ask you something. President Bush has done what people normally do when they leave the Oval Office — he has remained mum. He said very little. At one point, he said that he thought President Obama deserved his silence.
But you have taken a very different tack, and I must say a very unusual tack for somebody just leaving the vice president’s office. You’ve been speaking out not just frequently, but often very pointedly. At one point you said, for example, the Obama administration has made this country less safe. That’s a very serious charge. Why have you taken this approach?
Thank you, UPS.
Apparently one of O’Reilly’s Republican drone producers harassed an employee of Think Progress. Think Progress raised hell, and this is the result:
The worst case of harassment by one of O’Reilly’s producers I can remember is their badgering of Bill Moyers. Moyers is an outspoken advocate for social justice and fundamental fairness. What’s more, he’s a gentelman. O’Reilly is a blowhard who practices everything he preaches against when it comes to the public discourse. Guys like O’Reilly, Rush and Hannity are the reason the Republican Party has become marginalized. If every Republican was a gentleman – say like George Will – life would be harder for Democrats. At the end of the day, with the exception of the drones, most people aren’t moved by carnival barkers and bullies. Thanks, again UPS!