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RobertHenryEller
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11:57 AM on 05/20/2009
Any Republican Party that General Powell wants to be in is a worthwhile Party.

Clearly, he's not too impressed with the current version.

If he says the party he is in is "waiting to emerge," he's saying his party doesn't exist at the moment.

General Powell will always be part of the loyal opposition.

Accent on loyalty.
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rich3324
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11:55 AM on 05/20/2009
GEN Powell I'm sorry there is no room for people like you in the GOP. You are too sane for them.
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A Meat Beetle
Heck no, I'm not crazy. Why? Do I look crazy?
12:05 PM on 05/20/2009
But don't they owe him something for the time he threw his reputation and integrity in the trash to go before the UN and l i e (L I E-KNOWINGLY!) about Saddam's WMD programs? By putting George Bush's personal ambitions ahead of his own conscience Powell clearly demonstrated that he has the stuff it takes to be a true Republican. Oh, except for the skin pigment.
11:54 AM on 05/20/2009
Colin, you lost me at the United Nations on that fateful tragic day. I held you up, but then you fell. There isn’t much you can say about the (G)ood (O)old ship (P)Lolly Pop, for it’s a ship that is going down fast. All hands on deck and man the lifeboats. The Republicans have been considered the Big Tent party. Well Colin, the tent seems a bit small for me and it’s hard to find any room at that inn, sorry. After the flame throwing fire dragons such as Limburger, Dark Vader (Cheney) and the like, I guess you believe the Phoenix will rise from the ashes and ruins. That mythical bird has been burned in those flames. If you want to wait, good luck.
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obamagal
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12:33 PM on 05/20/2009
Great comment, although I've always given Powell something of a pass re the UN speech, after learning from Wilkerson that Tenet, the night before, lied to Powell about the intel. Definitely not guilt free, but still, I think the Bush admin threw him under the bus.
11:54 AM on 05/20/2009
Colin Powell doesn't get it either. The Republicans want you out. You speak like a Democrat and your true colors have come out with your nonsense remarks. Colin can't be trusted anymore and he would fit in with the Democrats.
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DACC
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11:57 AM on 05/20/2009
as long as you cling to those judgments the positions in DC will shrink further and further away from republican candidates. You're actually doing an injustice to your party.
But hey! you continue on, I have no problem with the outcome at all
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12:14 PM on 05/20/2009
The words "can't be trusted" is exactly what people outside of the Limbaugh/Cheney/Hannity/Bachman's, etc. circle have problems with. Your kind wants to hold on to the old white supremacy mentality while the rest of the US is moving on.
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obamagal
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12:31 PM on 05/20/2009
RightToThePoint of OBLIVION perhaps? Keep up the good work (we're smiling all the way).
11:49 AM on 05/20/2009
Colin Powell knowing passed on lies to the UN to get the Iraq war going.
Another not being prosecueted by Leahy or Eric Holder.
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RobertHenryEller
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11:54 AM on 05/20/2009
He did not know he was telling lies. He was used for his credibility and reputation.
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A Meat Beetle
Heck no, I'm not crazy. Why? Do I look crazy?
12:07 PM on 05/20/2009
"He did not know he was telling lies."

Yes he did.
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SoCalNick
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12:07 PM on 05/20/2009
Robert you are correct but the THOUSAND year old method of running the Long CON is WAY above the heads of these simple people. That is why IT STILL WORKS!
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A Meat Beetle
Heck no, I'm not crazy. Why? Do I look crazy?
12:16 PM on 05/20/2009
Right you are.

http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/30749
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OceanSize
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11:46 AM on 05/20/2009
The country needs more men like Colin Powell. I was terribly disappointed by his U.N. speech, but fortunately he is too now. I read his biography, and would vote for him in a second if only he'd run.
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DACC
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11:55 AM on 05/20/2009
I think he exemplifies the "true patriot" we all honor and aspire towards.
Past missteps aside, he has a stellar record in his service to his country.
I hold great respect for any person who can put rational thinking over
ideologue vitriol.
11:46 AM on 05/20/2009
That's right your out of their version! Their version is surly bringing the party down further and further! Maybe you should move to the left!! The pin heads left in the party of NO can sit back and keep repeating themselves and think it's something new! LOL
11:41 AM on 05/20/2009
Why do moderate Republicans like Powell, Snow, Collins and others want to remain Republicans?

It can't be purely ideology. Is being for smaller government and lower taxes enough to counterweigh bigoted, impractical or extreme social policy?

My only conclusion is that - like summer camp color wars - these moderates remain true to their party because of an unswerving loyalty to the Red team vs. the Blues.

But the big difference in politics is that, whereas you became a member of the Red team or the Blue team in camp because you were arbitrarily chosen, you become a Republican, Democrat or Independent because you chose to. Therefore, you can always choose to change sides.

The GOP has set itself up as having to oppose every single policy or move the Democrats make (regardless of its merits). This leaves them vulnerable becaue - if most of the Dem moves prove popular or favorable - it makes the GOP look like horses asses.

A far better GOP strategy would be to carve out a comprehensive set of policies that it believes in, and - where there's overlap with the Democrats - fully endorse those policies; and/or challenge the Democrats to further expand or enhance those policies and/or implement them better.

In short, adopting a "we can do it more and do it better & wiser" approach (instead of opposing anything the Dems support) would prove (a) more credible, (b) more popular, (c) push the Dems into governing more effectively and (d) serve
12:02 PM on 05/20/2009
Why do we constantly give them hints on how they the rethugs can improve themselves? Did they give us any hints when we were faltering? I think not. Let them figure it out for themselves.
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MalloMel
11:40 AM on 05/20/2009
Powell is a black, and as such, he had to sell his soul to the devil, to be in the position he was, in the republican party. Think Clarence Thomas, Alan Keyes, Condoleezza Rice, Michael Steele, and a host of others.

He is redeemable though. All he has to do is to ask Jesus for forgiveness, and to step into the light. All those who ask for forgiveness and continue to wallow in the muck are hypocrites and will be surely judged accordingly.
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DACC
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11:48 AM on 05/20/2009
haven't you heard yet?
most of us don't see color anymore!!

Give it time though, you'll catch up!
11:57 AM on 05/20/2009
What'd you do? Poke your eyes out?

this "don't see color" mantra is a load of crap.
11:58 AM on 05/20/2009
The only thing Colin Powell has in common with those other clowns you named is skin tone. Powell got ahead on his own merit and is a moderate whereas the rest of them will fall in line with what Cheney and Limbaugh suggest and probably did sell their souls to get ahead.
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A Meat Beetle
Heck no, I'm not crazy. Why? Do I look crazy?
12:32 PM on 05/20/2009
Moderate = middle of the road = squashed-flat, unidentifiable mammal.
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11:35 AM on 05/20/2009
Colin, please change parties because we need you on a permanent basis. The ideal of self responsibility/reliance which is one of the central pillars of the republican party is now owned by the President. The President also went along way this past weekend at "our lady" when he gave a clear presentation on the choice issue of winning the pro lifers over. The President also owns energy and education so why stay with the Republicans? A new party is is needed and or a finer parsing of the issues which eliminate a strong platform for the Republicans to exist.
12:09 PM on 05/20/2009
Please refer to THEM as anti-choicers and not pro lifers.
11:34 AM on 05/20/2009
I could understand that when Colin Powell was in the military he supported the republican party because the republicans were all about putting a great chunk of the budget into the military, which I sure he was pleased about and encouraged.

But to want to continue to be associated with a party full of the idiots and criminals that have recently been exposed, and who have publically insulted him, is beyond belief.
11:58 AM on 05/20/2009
It is to late for CP we need to recognize the egregious acts that he has committed and move on. I don't want him as a member of the Dems because it serves no purpose. Let him just ride into the sunset while writing a book to apologize to the American people for his wrongs or something. I really think our focus should be on the people who can take our country in a positive direction, not on those who have marred it with a tilted ideology.
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DACC
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12:08 PM on 05/20/2009
Narrow-mindedness on either side will only serve to alienate the constituency.
See current republican party approval numbers.
We'd be damned lucky to get such an honorable man amongst our base but I am convinced he really does hold a different view politically and stands steadfast to that point.
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fiberoptimist
11:31 AM on 05/20/2009
CP is just a kinder, gentler war criminal.
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Michael Valentine
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11:41 AM on 05/20/2009
Which makes the war dead he helped to create a little less dead eh?
11:30 AM on 05/20/2009
Cheney and Limbaugh aren't fit to shine the General's shoes and they should have some respect and shut the hell up. Republicans should be nicer to General Powell. He is their ONLY chance of beating President Obama in the next election.

Powell might even be willing to run the next time, since he would be running against another man of integrity who won't run a smear campaign.
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cliffstep
11:26 AM on 05/20/2009
All due respect to Gen Powell , but he should remember that oath he took long ago , step up and tell the truth about what went on 2002 - 2003. Don't leave Col Wilkerson out there alone , trying to bolster his ex-boss' positions.
If he wants to remain with a political party that used him for legitimacy alone , that's his call. But let's get back to preserve , protect , and defend.
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blueline2
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11:33 AM on 05/20/2009
this guy was Sec. of State, and he let himself be used to tell lies to the US and other countries around the world. He lied himself. Now he thinks anyone should care about him? Go away Colin, and take Rush, Dick, George, Donald with you into oblivion. I never want to hear from you guys again. You have no message I want to hear.
01:02 PM on 05/20/2009
I'm with you on that one buddy.
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obamagal
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12:11 PM on 05/20/2009
Good comment.
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WestCoastWoman
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11:25 AM on 05/20/2009
What a sell-out! The way Cheney and others have talked about Powell... why on earth would he want to be a part of a hateful, bigoted, and dumb-as.s party?!
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11:49 AM on 05/20/2009
he doesn't want to be part of THEIR party
he wants to remain a part of the REAL republican party

simple to me..