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Republicans Reveal True Colors In Wake Of Powell Endorsement

20 October 2008

What’s wrong with the media?  They allow racial hatred to be spilled onto the airwaves and even treat someone like Rush Limbaugh as though he is the voice of the mainstream.

Gen. Colin Powell, Ret.

Gen. Colin Powell, Ret.

DISARRAY!  That’s the only word that can adequately describe the Republican establishment of every persuasion yesterday as they awoke to see General Colin Powell on every television screen in America endorsing Barack Obama and giving the GOP a sound spanking for their misbehaving ways.  The spokespersons/spinmeisters for the McCain campaign quickly emerged from the woodwork to minimize the importance of the endorsement.  Even McCain himself made it over to FOX PROPAGANDA NETWORK to say that it “wasn’t unexpected.”

Sen. Susan Collins, (R-ME) trying to stop McCain's robocalls

Sen. Susan Collins, (R-ME)

Some moderate Republicans, notably Senator Susan Collins of Maine, attended a news conference where she called on the McCain campaign to stop their shameful robocalls in her state.  She’s in a tough re-election campaign and doesn’t need the right-leaning crazies over at McCain/Palin poisoning the moderate waters she’s desperately trying to tread.   Other moderate Republicans have long ago put distance between themselves and the McCain campaign.

Then, of course, came the “true conservatives” of the Republican Party.  Led by Rush Limbaugh, George Will and Pat Buchanan, they took things to the lowest possible level when accusing the honorable Colin Powell of simply choosing to endorse a fellow black man for President of the United States.  I knew it had to be coming, but I thought it might take a little more time than it did.  I really thought they would try a few other things first and see if they worked.  But NO!  Even the stiff-upper-lipped George Will couldn’t come up with anything else to say to defend his party’s shameful behavior.  So instead he followed Rush Limbaugh into the cesspool of racial politics.  George Will, I expected a great deal more from a man of your intellect.  SHOCKING!

As for Pat Buchanan, I’m not really surprised at all.  I have always detected the smug whites-are-better-than-others attitude lurking like a spider below his surface.  What I really enjoyed, though, in his analysis of Powell’s endorsement on a special weekend edition of Hardball yesterday afternoon was his claim that Powell was being disloyal to the Republican Party.  Claiming that the brilliant Powell would not have amounted to anything had it not been for the support of prominent Republicans, he slammed Powell as a disloyal racist.  Now, this is particularly rich coming from Buchanan who abandoned the Republican Party and ran his own independent Presidential campaign against George H. W. Bush.  Oh, yes, Pat Buchanan is really one to talk about party loyalty.  Besides, Mr. Buchanan would clearly put party before country when he makes such silly assertions.  Whatever happened to “country first”?  Is that just a slogan?  I think the answer is obvious.

With a candidate poised to take their party in a new inclusive direction, the Republican Party has chosen to pander to his extreme right wing element.  John McCain started this slide with the selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate and then sending her out on the trail to stir up the crazies.  The Republican establishment is making the same mistake the elites of Germany made by backing Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.  They were so afraid the communists were going to take over their country that they made a strategic decision to support the Nazis.  They felt confident that the Nazis would rid them of the hated communists, and then they would take their government back from the Nazis.  History clearly shows how that worked out for them.  They literally lost everything, and I do mean everything.  Germany was reduced to rubble by the end of World War II.

Harry S. Dent, 77, helped Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) slow Southern school desegregation and developed the Southern strategy that helped Richard M. Nixon win the presidency. (White House Photo)

Under the leadership of Richard Nixon, the Republicans launched their “Southern Strategy” to form a coalition of voters to bring them into contention at the national level.  It worked.  Now, they are reaping what they sowed as the radical right has seized their party by the neck and refuses to let go.  Pat Buchanan is part of that movement, as is Limbaugh.  George Will, however, doesn’t really fit the mold.  He is merely a fiscal conservative who knows that the Republicans cannot win without the rabid dogs unleashed by them on the American people.  As for Limbaugh, he is the most shameful panderer of the bunch, becoming a multi-millionaire while spewing his right-wing hatred out onto the airwaves to an adoring audience.  The Aryan Nation should give him an award, if they haven’t already.

General Colin Powell not only endorsed Barack Obama yesterday, he called upon the Republican Party to return to its roots.  After all, their first successful Presidential candidate was Abraham Lincoln.  Nothing in the history books would indicate that President Lincoln would do anything but hold the current Republican Party in contempt.  He would, on the other hand, give a medal to General Colin Powell and salute the American people for finally seeing what he saw 150 years ago in looking beyond race.  Lincoln was a man of high morals, but his party has been taken over by a bunch of hatemongers who, while claiming the moral high ground, carry on the very traditions he fought against.

Instead of hating General Powell for giving constructive criticism to his party – and, yes, he says he is still a Republican – perhaps the Republican Party should take a good look at itself in the mirror.  I think a lot of those who are Republicans for fiscal reasons will not like what they see.  In their desperation to win the White House, they have made a deal with the devil, and it is coming back to bite them.  Just as the Democrats had to do after the debacle that led to the Reagan years, it is time for the Republicans to examine their coalition and see if perhaps they could find a different mix, one that includes a little diversity of color and religious tradition.  Republicans, in this year of CHANGE you need a change as much or more than this nation does.  Quit justifying the outrageous behavior of your lowest common denominator and start showing a real desire to bring this country together in a time of great peril.

As for my fellow Democrats and progressive Independents, keep fighting the good fight!  We’ve got them right where we want them.

P.S.  Head over to Willpen’s World today for an insightful look into the racist agenda of the McCain/Palin campaign and General Colin Powell’s criticism of it.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Norris Hall permalink
    20 October 2008 6:40 pm

    Colin Powell said “I have some concerns about the
    direction that the party has taken in recent years. It has moved more
    to the right than I would like to see it”

    Do you think Colin Powell is just imagining things??? We’re all Americans right?
    Senator McCain has been saying ‘Despite our differences, much more unites us than divides us. We are fellow Americans, and that’s an association that means more to me than any other.”
    But what do Republicans REALLY think about people who share different views,
    Here to answer that question is Minnesota Senator Michelle Bachmann
    Senator Michelle Bachmann on Hardball
    After viewing her interview, tell me if you think Colin Powell was just being overly sensitive

  2. 20 October 2008 10:06 pm


    Once again…. a great piece. The next few days are going to be an interesting ride with the week ending with Obama heading off to see his ailing Grandmother. Lets see if the slug-licans can keep themselves under their rocks at least while Obama takes care of very important personal business. Keep up the good fight and thanks for the heads up.

  3. Left-Eyed Jack permalink*
    21 October 2008 9:17 am


    I, also, would hope that the Republicans could put their slimy tactics aside long enough for Barack Obama to visit his critically ill Grandmother. However, I don’t expect much from that crowd anymore. It seems “family values” only pertains to all-white, all-Christian families for them.

    I continue to be deeply disturbed by the direction the McCain/Palin campaign is taking. It is democracy at its worst.

    Thanks for the comment.

  4. Left-Eyed Jack permalink*
    21 October 2008 9:30 am

    @Norris Hall

    Congresswoman Bachmann’s shameful inflammatory words last Friday on Hardball are symptomatic of what is wrong with the modern Republican Party. John McCain has made much of his ability to reach across the aisle and get things done if elected, but his silence in the face of Bachmann’s outrageous call for investigations against Democrats in Congress as being anti-American is deafening. How can he possibly work across the aisle when his own party leaders are sowing such a toxic atmosphere into the next Congress.

    Instead of leading his party, John McCain has chosen to follow its basest elements into the depths of hell. That isn’t leadership, and it sure isn’t country first. He has stood tacitly by and allowed his party to bring a greater level of divisiveness to our national political dialogue than the 2004 Bush/Cheny campaign.

    Senator McCain is absolutely right, he is not George W. Bush. He is much worse than George W. Bush, and that takes a stretch.

  5. 21 October 2008 10:15 am

    You indicate the beginning of McCain’s pandering to the hard-right wing of the GOP began with his VP selection. I think you’re being very generous. For me it began with his embrace of Jerry Fallwell and his appearance at the Liberty College graduation. This was no longer the John McCain who correctly identified Fallwell and his ilk as “agents of intolerance.” And it was the first indication I saw of the kind of campaign he intended to wage, perhaps needed to wage to secure the nomination. But once secured, he needed to retain them.

    Then came his cozying up with Pastors Hagee and Parsley, only to repudiate their endorsements when they blunted his potential ability to attack Sen. Obama on Rev. Wright. The Palin selection was only one in a series of actions both before an since. And each one has served to embolden the voices of intolerance that he once decried.

  6. Left-Eyed Jack permalink*
    21 October 2008 11:46 am

    @More Light Than Heat

    Thanks for pointing that out. I do try to be as kind as possible to John McCain, although lately it has grown more and more difficult.

    Of course, you are absolutely right, and I’m glad that you are here to point that out to my readers. I do feel, however, that since Sarah Palin has gone out on the stump, the level has intensified to a frightening pitch. Add in Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, and we are nearing a perfect storm of hate the likes of which I have never seen before in American politics. We should all be afraid for our nation. Our ideals are in peril, and the media doesn’t seem to want to talk about it at all.

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