Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was on Meet the Press Sunday to promote Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense (SecDef). He also spoke about the Republican Party – in fact he slapped the Republican Party pretty hard during the interview.
The GOP needed the wake-up. Will they listen?
I’ve already written that I think Chuck Hagel is a “great pick” for SecDef. Most Republicans would too if a Republican President would have nominated Hagel to be the next SecDef instead of Democratic President Barack Obama.
Powell said, “I’ll tell you who thinks that makes him a good candidate for Secretary of Defense, the men and women in the armed forces of the United States and their parents who know that this is a guy who will be very careful about putting their lives at risk because he put his life at risk. He knows what war is and he will fight a war if it’s necessary, but he’s a guy who will do it with great deliberation and care.”
Powell is a moderate (like me). He said the Republican Party is having an “identity problem” and that “in recent years, there’s been a significant shift to the right and we have seen what that shift has produced, two losing presidential campaigns.”
The hardest blow Powell landed on the GOP was when he said, “There’s also a dark– a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the Party. What I do mean by that? I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities.”
He also spoke about the problems Republicans have with the “Birther Movement,” looking like the “party of the rich,” and he said they need to decide what “they’re actually going to represent.”
Powell said he voted for Obama twice and before that he “had voted for seven straight Republican presidents.”
Colin Powell, who is now 75 years old, has had a distinguished career in the military and in public service. The Senate should be listening to Powell when he speaks about the leadership that Chuck Hagel would bring as the Secretary of Defense.
Likewise, he is a long-time Republican who has been left out in the cold as the GOP zipped up their tent. The current leaders of the Republican Party should be listening to Colin Powell if they want a fighting chance to win future elections.
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