While this debate is an OBVIOUS Liberal media campaign to support the idiotic notion that this Country is moving LEFT and Democrats are apparently seizing power that will lead to a two decade majority; I would like to send this message to misguided person like Powell who CLAIM they have not left the Republican Party and that the Party must look more like the Democrats to be relevant.
Nothing could be further from the TRUTH Mr. Powell; and while I did have great respect for your service under two Republican Presidents, your position and claims are false and indeed farcical.
First your claim that you are a Republican; I assure you that NO ONE with Conservative Values could have endorsed an inexperienced community Organizing Liberal Leftist like Obama. The notion that you have a Conservative bone left in your body requires the willful suspension of disbelief.
Secondly, your claims that Cheney and Rush Limbaugh are somehow causing a rightward lurch in the Republican Party require an equal suspension of disbelief.
Rush and Dick Cheney didn't invent Conservatism; they represent it in their comments and statements and are 100% correct about your political positions.
The notion that the Republicans should become MORE like the Democrats for the pure reason to "appeal" to more voters in order to get elected is light-years’ away from what the ideology represents. The notion that I or any other TRUE Conservative would be a member of a party that parrots Democrats in trying to be anything you want it to be for the pure purpose of getting "elected" is the reason you SHOULD take Dick's advice and just change your affiliation. The notion that you have a say in Republican primaries concerns me.
We do not NEED to become LIKE the Democrats; the Republican Party NEEDS to go back to its core principles and become Conservative again.
I am always amused by moderates like you who fall for the Liberal media's false portrayal of people like Bush. They claim he was a BIG spender and just Democrat "light." Then on the other hand brand him as some incarnation of evil for actually doing what he says he will do.
Colin, trust me when I say this; Rush speaks more for my views and values than YOU will ever do and which is the reason he has so much influence among REAL Conservatives. So do yourself and the Republicans a favor; sign up with the Democrats whom you now endorse and support. We don't want or need you or people like you in the party and if it means we should wander in the political wilderness until people can be reminded why Liberals should be relegated to the fringes of political power again; so be it.
Carry on sir and thank you for your great service to this Great Nation; I am sure the Democrats will welcome you with open arms just as they did with Alen Spector and use your defection as propaganda to suggest that the nation is now Liberal.
Powell cautions against a GOP slide to the right
The former secretary of State aims his remarks at conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh, who he says is stifling debate on the party's future.
Reporting from Washington -- Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell warned Sunday that ideological conservatives, particularly radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, had gained a hold over the Republican Party that risked driving the GOP into an extended exile from power.
Powell cautions against a GOP slide to the right - Los Angeles Times