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Colin Powell: Tea Party POTUS candidate “can’t win” (Watch VIDEO )
Hotair ^ | 11/28/2011 | Jazz Shaw

Posted on 11/28/2011 7:37:33 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Colin Powell isn’t done with his involvement in American politics and policy, a point he made clear once again on the Sunday morning talk circuit this week. Fresh off the Thanksgiving holiday, he sat down with Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s This Week to discuss, among other things, the upcoming election and where we stand with the GOP slate of candidates. (I will, at this time, defer my repeated requests that Jake Tapper be brought back to host the show.) His comments were not exactly those of someone seeking the nomination.

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Former Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday dismissed chances for a Tea Party candidate to win the presidential election, criticizing the hard-line stance taken by the majority of the grassroots movement and advocated by their favored political candidates.

“The Tea Party point of view of ‘no compromise whatsoever’ is not a point of view that will eventually produce a presidential candidate who will win,” he said on ABC’s “This Week With Christiane Amanpour.”

Powell said taking the no-compromise position isn’t helping get things done in Washington, and called on members of Congress to “come back to the center to compromise” in order to see progress.

“Compromise is how this country was founded,” he said, offering as an example the issue of slavery. “Can you imagine more difficult compromises today?” he asked. “We have a Congress now that can’t even pass an appropriations bill.”

Colin Powell served his country with distinction, as a four star general, National Security Advisor and Secretary of State under George W. Bush. In his early post-military career there was even extensive talk of his running for president himself on the GOP ticket. Since then, however, his position has been far more moderate – to say the least – than a primary voting audience would likely approve of. That was exacerbated by his endorsement of Barack Obama in 2008.

Since then he has been seen as something of a statesman in no man’s land, and the position he is currently taking won’t change that. Powell is hardly a liberal by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s also never been a particularly good fit with much of the base, to say nothing of the Tea Party, so his endorsement in the presidential primary won’t be particularly prized by the current crop of candidates.

Powell does, however, maintain a lot of credibility in foreign policy and military matters, so expect him to remain a regular fixture in campaign coverage. And that’s not a bad thing, since we’re still dealing with military engagements in which he had a direct hand. What weight that brings to the primary fight is left to the observer.

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1 posted on 11/28/2011 7:37:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Colin Powell was one of G.B.’s major mistakes.


2 posted on 11/28/2011 7:39:54 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country but Herman Cain loves mine.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh heck. Let’s prove him wrong.


3 posted on 11/28/2011 7:41:23 AM PST by OrioleFan
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To: SeekAndFind
Dang! Darn! Shoot! Crap! Grrrrr.

NOW what are we gonna do?

4 posted on 11/28/2011 7:41:42 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Powell is hardly a liberal by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s also never been a particularly good fit with much of the base, to say nothing of the Tea Party, so his endorsement in the presidential primary won’t be particularly prized by the current crop of candidates."

Like hell he's not liberal.

"Powell does, however, maintain a lot of credibility in foreign policy and military matters, so expect him to remain a regular fixture in campaign coverage. And that’s not a bad thing, since we’re still dealing with military engagements in which he had a direct hand.

Yeah, he "maintain's credibility". BS. His policies were and are a disaster for the USA.

5 posted on 11/28/2011 7:41:58 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: SeekAndFind

Wasn’t Powell smart once upon a time?

What happened?


6 posted on 11/28/2011 7:43:22 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ("Galts Gulch" <> Communist China)
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To: SeekAndFind
As if he is some kind of expert on running for the Presidency, never having the fire in his belly to go for it himself.

This is of course a backhanded insult to Herman Cain in particular as well as perhaps to Michele Bachman and Rick Santorum, who are also respected and admired by the Tea Party. This guy is just an old worn out Establishment weathervane RINO and should not be given the time of day. In fact this thread probably shouldnt even go past 20 posts or so.

7 posted on 11/28/2011 7:43:44 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Free Republic is HERMAN CAIN COUNTRY....or will be in a short period of time. Just be patient.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Wasn’t Powell smart once upon a time?

What happened?

Black before American.

8 posted on 11/28/2011 7:45:19 AM PST by Azeem (There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Colin Powell should set down some time with “Dead on Arrival” Harry Reid if he really want to understand “compromise”. The Dems, as a matter of policy, only compromise on their position.


9 posted on 11/28/2011 7:45:46 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: SeekAndFind

I nominate Colin Powell to be the Tea Party candidate....


10 posted on 11/28/2011 7:46:55 AM PST by usmcobra (Happiness is a belt fed weapon.)
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To: Azeem

Trying to keep his wife happy.
She’s not pleased with the thought of being excluded from the Washington Black Social Elite.


11 posted on 11/28/2011 7:47:10 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind
Colin Powell for President!

Woo hoo! Go for it, baby! Show 'em how it's done!

Sheeeeyit. I would LOVE to see how the mainstream media would treat Colin Powell if he was anywhere NEAR the head of the GOP field.

Oh. Wait. We don't have to conject. We can just go back to when President Bush first nominated him for Secretary Of State.

What was it that Liberals called him? A house something or other. Referred to him as a brand of cookie. I forget which one.

12 posted on 11/28/2011 7:47:14 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind

Every time that man opens his pie hole he confirms my suspicion that he was an Army officer by Affirmative Action, and made Four Star General by Mega Affirmative Action, with a Political Correctness Supercharger!


13 posted on 11/28/2011 7:48:42 AM PST by Tucker39
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To: SeekAndFind
And to think this idiot, Powell, was actually considered a serious presidential contender in the GOP at one time. He foolishly endorsed Obama in 2008 making him a persona non grata in the GOP, if he was hoping for a place in the Obama administration he must have been disappointed to learn the democrats never forgave him for endorsing the war in Iraq. Now he really is a man without a party, the GOP no longer wants him and the dems won't take him either.
14 posted on 11/28/2011 7:49:42 AM PST by apillar
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“Wasn’t Powell smart once upon a time?

What happened?”

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Americans are SLOWLY outgrowing the double standard that gives blacks, ANY black, a free pass.


15 posted on 11/28/2011 7:49:42 AM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
Wasn't Powell smart once upon a time?

No, he was a political affirmative action appointed General. He was just good a staying out of trouble and kissing butt.

16 posted on 11/28/2011 7:53:43 AM PST by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“Wasn’t Powell smart once upon a time?

What happened?”

No.

Those of us in the military during his time knew darned well why he was selected...and he proved our suspicions correct.


17 posted on 11/28/2011 7:56:04 AM PST by Da Coyote (Liberalism - when you absolutely, positively have no ability to produce wealth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thankfully, we don’t really hear from Colin all that often anymore, and let’s hope it stays that way.


18 posted on 11/28/2011 8:02:06 AM PST by Will88
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To: SeekAndFind
“Compromise is how this country was founded,” he said,

Really? The American Revolution was a "compromise?" That's news to me.

19 posted on 11/28/2011 8:12:08 AM PST by avacado
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To: Da Coyote

These men have a LOT in common.

20 posted on 11/28/2011 8:14:27 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Powell/Rice ‘08!


21 posted on 11/28/2011 8:14:34 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t this affirmative-action/equal-opportunity general support nobama???? So who cares what this tool thinks...about anything? Fade away, colon.


22 posted on 11/28/2011 8:14:59 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, Colin, we elected a socialist with holes in his background, who attended a black liberation theology church for years, who launched his political career in the living room of an unrepentant domestic terrorist who was once on the FBI’s most wanted list, and who was routinely thought of as one of the most - if not the most - liberal Senators in Washington. It would be difficult for any of the Tea Party candidates to be even closely as radical and out there as Obama. So what are you saying?
23 posted on 11/28/2011 8:17:23 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Graybeard58

This just shows how bad affirative action really is.


24 posted on 11/28/2011 8:20:55 AM PST by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country., Really! NOW!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Colin Powell thinks Obama is “just the ginchiest”.

Nothing more needs to be said.


25 posted on 11/28/2011 8:26:31 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: SeekAndFind

If Colin Powell thinks that conservative values and small-business people are ‘radical’, then I guess I’m a radical. It all depends upon where you stand. I guess we know where Gen. Powell ‘stands’.


26 posted on 11/28/2011 8:26:31 AM PST by Tallguy
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To: Tucker39

By golly I think you’ve nailed it Tucker!


27 posted on 11/28/2011 8:26:51 AM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Colin who?

Why should we listen to a milquetoast Obama endorsing RINO?


28 posted on 11/28/2011 8:33:43 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Mittt Romney - he lacks the courage of his absence of convictions .)
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To: SeekAndFind

Colon is full of crap. (pun intended).

The TEA Party candidates do not compromise, so they can’t win the presidency?

Someone should inform Powell that the democraps NEVER compromise, and yet Obama got elected in 2008.

The TEA Party sticking to their beliefs and principles is one of their major strengths.

I’m not interested in anything this affirmative action general has to say.


29 posted on 11/28/2011 8:59:00 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The "Occupy Wall Street" losers should try occupying their local employment office. GET A JOB!)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
you nailed our new theme for this next upcoming election

Obamabots are all out touting how Newt (or any one supported by the TEA party) cannot win because they are too right wing, and the county is "center-right"

Some obamatard said this on TV last weekend and when the republican he was debating said "Then how can Obama get re-elected as he has now been shown to be FAR LEFT"

The Obamatroll turned white as a sheet as he realized he was backed into a corner- the only thing he could stammer was "Obama is centrist and the other guests broke out LAUGHING at that...

30 posted on 11/28/2011 9:05:53 AM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: All

It saddens me to think that Powell hates his country.


31 posted on 11/28/2011 9:14:43 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: SeekAndFind

Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw blessing of Colin Powell is the latest contibution to revisionist recall of the Bush era and very suitable to be published in the medium entitled “Hot Air”.


32 posted on 11/28/2011 9:19:25 AM PST by mosesdapoet (Moses ..A nick name II received as a kid for warning another -It's a sin to tell a lie")
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like he and Ann Coulter agree on something.


33 posted on 11/28/2011 9:27:00 AM PST by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: SeekAndFind

He should have been kicked out the Army for his duplicity in the My Lai cover-up, and we would have since been spared all of his political noise and nonsense.


34 posted on 11/28/2011 9:33:16 AM PST by onedoug (lf)
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To: SeekAndFind
Nobody gives a crap what Colin Powell thinks about anything. Anyone stupid enough to pick Obama over McCain has no advice to which it is worth listening.

The man is a fool.

35 posted on 11/28/2011 9:35:23 AM PST by DiogenesLamp (Partus sequitur Patrem)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sad that a top general could be as stupid as Colin Powell. He’s an Obama suck up who doesn’t understand the Tea Party is the only way Republicans and America can win.


36 posted on 11/28/2011 9:38:01 AM PST by pallis
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To: SeekAndFind

He endorsed Bacrock so that political general can suck it. I’ll salute him with one finger.


37 posted on 11/28/2011 9:41:33 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Your statement, “Colon is full of crap. (pun intended)” had me laughing; yes, that Colon Bowel.


38 posted on 11/28/2011 9:56:14 AM PST by Islander2
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

“Irritable Bowel” is just confirming what we alway suspected, that he’s just another “affirmative action Black.”


39 posted on 11/28/2011 10:23:17 AM PST by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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