Powell: GOP’s Polarization Doomed Them

Powell: GOP’s Polarization Doomed Them


The most important endorsement of the 2008 Election speaks out about why he thinks the Republicans lost by such a significant margin.

From CNN:

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.

“There is nothing wrong with being conservative. There is nothing wrong with having socially conservative views — I don’t object to that. But if the party wants to have a future in this country, it has to face some realities. In another 20 years, the majority in this country will be the minority.” […]

“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?”

Question: in 2016 could Powell be a viable GOP candidate who could help unite the party again?

Yeah, I know it’s a long shot, but I don’t think there’s any more respected political figure in the country than Powell and he could be a new model for the party; one that completely breaks away from polarizing figures like Limbaugh and reclaims a more sensible platform.

Probably not, but just a thought.

  • http://www.newshoggers.com/ BJ Bjornson

    Wouldn’t Powell be pushing 80 by 2016? Also, I believe John McCain was amongst the most respected political figures in the country when he started his run, known primarily for his bi-partisan appeal. It was the soul-selling he had to do to keep the base happy that helped ruin that. Also notable that the only regions McCain out-performed Bush in are those not known for their progressive attitudes regarding race relations.

    My thought is that even were Powell of an age that would make a 2016 run possible, the Republican base would reject him. You get the leadership you deserve, which in this case means the Republicans are probably stuck with Sarah Palin.

  • gerryf

    If we’re lucky, the Republican Party can build a new base.

  • kranky kritter

    Well, I don’t even like overtly self-righteous and confrontational people (like Limbaugh, Michael Moore) when they are on my side. So I’d cheer Powell if he chooses to confront the party about their relish for confrontational interaction.

    This is not to say that confrontation is never necessary. I just think it’s to be used with reticence, and even then, judiciously and with carer to avoid disparagement. Of course, folks who use self-righteous confrontation as a stock in trade (again, like Limbaugh and Moore) always seem to have convinced themselves that they live in a world where things have deteriorated so much that their approach is the only possible one. Or else they have polished their act when it comes to displaying it.

    Such political narcissists are hideous creatures, if you ask me.

  • rob

    79 would be too old to run.

  • Mike in NYC

    Just a “conservative” telling whites to get with the program and accept their future minority status.

    US politics will eventually consist of two “minority”-dominated neo-socialist parties battling over the remains of what used to be a First World Nation as it settles into its new role as Brazil II. Let’s hope it doesn’t inflict too much more hell on the rest of the world as this inevitable decline plays itself out.