Will The Real Republican Party Please Stand Up!
Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney don’t want Colin Powell in their party. There’s no room at the inn for anyone who is critical of showman Limbaugh or torture-supporter Cheney. If John McCain had put Tom Ridge or Joe Lieberman on this ticket, both of whom are pro-choice, it would have been a closer race, but ideological purity is more important than big tentism.
In 2000, the GOP nomination could have been Colin Powell’s for the asking; it would have been an historic candidacy, much as Obama’s was eight years later. The very people who took over the GOP in his stead don’t want him around. Tuesday night, Colin Powell answered his critics, speaking to business leaders in Boston.
“Rush Limbaugh says, ‘Get out of the Republican Party.’ Dick Cheney says, ‘He’s already out.’ I may be out of their version of the Republican Party, but there’s another version of the Republican Party waiting to emerge once again,” Powell told the crowd.
Once the party decides its course, on who’s in and who’s out, who it will embrace and who it won’t, it will either start winning again or it will disintegrate. If it wants to be an exclusive club subject to a litmus test of purity, it can take its small tent and start folding it up.Click here for reuse options!
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