Friday, December 12, 2008

Colin Powell Blasts GOP's Divisive Strategy; Attacks Rush Limbaugh's 'Lesser Instincts'

Gen. Colin Powell has unloaded on the Republican strategy of polarization and base instincts.

Thanks to CNN, here is Powell's spot-on analysis of recent Republican political efforts:

The Republican party must stop "shouting at the world" and start listening to minority groups if it is to win elections in the 21st century, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday.

In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria for Sunday's "GPS" program, President Bush's former secretary of state said his party's attempt "to use polarization for political advantage" backfired last month....

"I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country,"Powell said. "I think that the party has to take a hard look at itself, and I've talked to a number of leaders in recent weeks and they understand that." Powell, who says he still considers himself a Republican, said his party should also stop listening to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

"Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?" Powell asked. "Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?"

5 comments:

Tulsan said...

The GOP must "start listening to minority groups if it is to win elections in the 21st century"
- Like the segment of the Republican party that is not utterly daft?

"these kinds of spokespersons (Rush) seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts..."
- You mean "base" instincts?

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