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Today Colin Powell gave a staunch defense and support of the President Obama’s choice of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense on NBC’s Meet The Press. He however provided his sharpest criticism to date of the Republican Party when David Gregory asked him if after voting for President Obama twice and supporting more moderate social policies, if he could still call himself a Republican.

This question was a rather silly question since it is generally not asked of Blue Dog Democrats who could be considered the reflection of Colin Powell relative to their own party.

David Gregory: As I go through your record on some social issues and even foreign policy issues, I challenge you a little bit to say on what basis are you still a Republican?

Colin Powell with his characteristic civil choices of words excoriated the Republican Party even as his tone seemed rather pleasant. He first said he was a Republican of the Bush 41 and other well known moderate Republicans.

Listen to the videos below.

I Am A Republican

In the following snippet, Colin Powell goes even deeper on the attack just coming short of accusing the Republican Party of being racist. He hits all the major failures of the modern Republican Party.

Colin Powell: There is also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party….They look down on minorities…When I see a former governor say that the president is shucking and jiving. That is a  racial era slave term. When I see another former governor – says that the president was lazy. It may not mean anything to most Americans. But to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there is a third word that goes along with it.

It is quite evident General Powell wanted to ensure that everyone knew what that third word was. He even brought up the non-response or proper response of the GOP to the birther fiasco.

GOP Has A Dark Vein Of Intolerance

Colin Powell left the GOP with a warning. They will either heed it and change or they will  be relegated to permanent minority status.

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  •  Thank you (4+ / 0-)

    This is super, thanks for posting these short video clips.

  •  I think Powell did the country a service (7+ / 0-)

    because the GOP will now immediately go into open denial and revisionism to claim that saying the President is "Lazy" or "Shucking and Jiving" has nothing to do with race.  Right.. Sure.. and they would have said that about President Bush, or President McCain or President Romney?

    It's not to say that unfair and harsh things weren't, or woudn't have been, said about any of them.  I just don't think anyone would have gone around and called them "Honky" and been able to hold their heads up and polite company.

    Unfortunately the GOP has committed itself to a path of demographic irrelevance and rather than moderating their policies in a way that has any real chance to appeal to women on reproductive freedom, to appeal to latinos to unravel our immigration knot, to appeal to black and others who are at the forefront of suffering both the impact of gun violence and unregulated drugs - but also discriminatory and corrupt police practices.  Instead of trying to FIX any of those problems, the GOP depends on them to marginalize these groups while simultaneously attempting to deny them right to vote with bogus claims of "voter fraud".

    They're going to wrong way at break-neck speed and the demographic wall of doom is approaching.  Rather than listening to Powell and swallow the bitter pill of his harsh criticism, I expect they'll simply slam on the gas and lower their shoulder into the wall.

    It's not gonna be a pretty clean up process in the aftermath. Also, good riddance.


    •  He's slowly regaining my respect (2+ / 0-)
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      prettygirlxoxoxo, Lujane

      After sacrificing his honor for W, he's gradually building up credit again.

      •  Nope. Sorry. (0+ / 0-)

        If he didn't know his U.N. testimony was flawed, he is a fool. The evidence was out the previous September Hussein had no chemical weapons capability. Bush officials hid that particular CIA report, but Powell must have or should have known about it.

        If he knew and ignored it, he is culpable in every death in Iraq caused by W's dirty little war.

        Either way, he's been trying to make amends. So far he's apologized to everyone except the parents of the sons and daughters killed or damaged in that war.

        "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

        by CanisMaximus on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 03:25:20 PM PST

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      •  The damage his UN testimony did was (0+ / 0-)

        incalculable. He is just another amoral cowardly politician. The same BS that Robert McNamara did with "Fog of War"; coming clean at the end of his life, trying to salvage some semblance of a reputation as something other than a mass murderer. There is no climbing back from that.

        "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

        by shmuelman on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:09:00 AM PST

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  •  And of course he said Hagel and others would (3+ / 0-)
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    prettygirlxoxoxo, Lujane, mwm341

    be confirmed.

    And he said Clinton and Benghazi was just stuff that came with the job and that it was no big deal.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 10:30:49 AM PST

  •  Is David Gregory the most worthless of the bobbles (4+ / 0-)

    or is it Wolf Blitzer?

    I can't tell who is more worthless.

    I think it actually might be Gregory. You would need a nanoscope though and I don't have one.

  •  Wolf and Gregory-profound blathering idiots (4+ / 0-)

    I dont watch them anymore and havent for a long while.

    The most disgusting interview I remember Wolfie doing is at the Aspen security conference when he was interviewing the General who oversaw the capture and killing of OBL.

    The fucking idiot wolfie prefaced his question by directly saying (not implying) that this general "Gave authority to - or ORDERED President Obama to launch the strike" I am paraphrasing here, but the god General started of by strongly admonishing the idiot wolfie and correcting him that THAT WAS NOT THE CASE.

    MSNBC (sans the bullying EX Congressman joey and meeka) has the only lineup worth watching esp Sat and Sun morning when Chris and Melissa look in depth into various issues.

  •  Powell hardly has room to comment. (2+ / 0-)
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    chalatenango, Joe Bacon

    Colin Powell is anything but paragon of justice and integrity.  He supported Dont Ask Don't Tell (the discrimatory policy that ruined the careers of thousands of GLBT servicemembers) when he had an active role in the military; of course, he jumped on the bandwagon in opposition 15 years later because the man is a weak and servile follower not a leader.  He also appeared at the UN in 2003 and lied to the entire world about Iraq weapons, greatly contributing the largest military mistake in American history for which we are still paying the price.  

    He is a liar, a coward and a disgrace both to the uniform and to the government.  I am glad the Republicans have him.  

    •  He is the biggest fluff-job in military history. (2+ / 0-)
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      Joe Bacon, KathleenM1

      Well, after Petraeus.  He is every bit as guilty as the criminals whose word he took to the morgue.

      I preach the church without Christ, where the lame don't walk, the blind don't see and what's dead stays that way! Hazel Motes in "Wise Blood"

      by chalatenango on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 12:06:32 PM PST

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  •  why does Colin Powell stay in GOP? (2+ / 0-)
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    hulibow, aitchdee

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” --Gandhi:

    by smokey545 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:32:34 AM PST

    •  Interestingly enough (2+ / 0-)
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      he sort of answered that question - because he's always been a Republican and he used proud of what the party stood for and thinks it can recover. I don't agree with Republican current or past policies, but I could see where he was coming form - it's kind of where I think my dad would be if he were still alive. I think my dad would have been ashamed of the 2012 Republican primaries - no one, Republican or Democrat, can say it was anything more than a freak show.

      I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

      by hulibow on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:50:05 AM PST

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      •  He's suddently getting "hip?" (0+ / 0-)

        Richard Nixon was the last liberal Republican in office, even though Gerald Ford was horrified by the aggression in Iraq. The Republican Party been a party of racists, fundamentalists and "libertarian" billionaires. It has been that way all of Powell's adult life, so why he is suddenly getting hip to it is beyond me. I mean, Ike died more than 40 years ago. What does he think he is going to do about it anyway? If the Dems can take back a few State Legislatures like Michigan to mitigate gerrymandering, that will be the permanent end of the GOP in its current incarnation.

        "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

        by shmuelman on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 10:18:27 AM PST

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    •  Isn't that (indirectly at least)... (1+ / 0-)
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      Sixty Something

      the question David Gregory was asking him??

      Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

      by a gilas girl on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 12:09:57 PM PST

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  •  "Dark vein"? (2+ / 0-)
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    prettygirlxoxoxo, mwm341

    Is there any other principle left in today's Republican Party?

    They're opposed to the safety net because they see it as being for "blah people". Would they be trying to destroy the middle class if it were still all white?

    If you were to imagine a party founded on racism as a premise, with all policy positions calculated based on that, how would it differ from today's GOP?

    How much do they represent anyone outside the former slave states?

  •  Thanks for posting this (2+ / 0-)
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    prettygirlxoxoxo, JBL55

    I don't pay much attention to David Gregory or MTP anymore, in favor of Up and Melissa Harris-Perry, but I did catch this interview & I thought it was interesting. He's just being a mouthpiece for the elected officials who can't live with the crazy any longer but are afraid to speak out - but so what, someone needs to start verbalizing how fucked the Republican party is (and as entertaining as I find it, I think it is destroying the entire country to have one party this far off the rails)

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 12:38:21 PM PST

    •  WSJ "Hatchet Job' on Powell over the interview (0+ / 0-)

      WSJ January 15th OPINION article by Bret Stephens titled "Colin Powell's Double Standard". In it the author does a hatchet Job on Powell. Author leave out the infamous "Office of Special plans" under Douglas Feith, and similary not revealing what county has Feith written about at the Hudson Institute. It is of interest the Powell was basically pillored by commentors at WSJ, as similary here, with seemingly nill interest in real facts!
      Cheney, Libby and Feith cooked the facts, and the several people in the CIA contributed. I suggest you read what Powell has said/written about the UN speach, and how he recognized he had been deceived.

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