POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Cohen (realclearpolitics): Colin Powell walks away from what the Republican party has become

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 21, 2008

Richard Cohen writes at realclearpolitics.com …

  • It is hard to avoid the conclusion that Bush and now John McCain have constructed a mean, grumpy, exclusive, narrow-minded and altogether retrograde Republican Party.
  • It is not merely that Barack Obama was always going to garner the vast majority of the black vote.
  • It is also that the GOP, under Rove and his disciples in the McCain campaign, has not only driven out ethnic and racial minorities but a vast bloc of voters who, quite bluntly, want nothing to do with Sarah Palin.
  • For moderates everywhere, she remains the single best reason to vote against McCain.
  • what Colin Powell was saying Sunday about his own party …
  • “I have some concerns about the direction that the party has taken in recent years,” Powell said. “It has moved more to the right than I would like.” He cited McCain’s harping on that “washed-out terrorist” Bill Ayers as an effort to exploit fears that Obama is a Muslim (so what if he were? Powell rightly asked) and mentioned how Palin’s presence on the ticket raised grave questions about McCain’s judgment
  • Powell walked away from that, and others will follow 

Read the entire article at … http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/10/powell_leaves_the_gop_rubble.html

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