Skip to comments.Colin Powell: Tea Party POTUS candidate “can’t win” (Watch VIDEO )
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.
Colin Powell was one of G.B.’s major mistakes.
Oh heck. Let’s prove him wrong.
NOW what are we gonna do?
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 thats not a bad thing, since were 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.
Wasn’t Powell smart once upon a time?
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.
Black before American.
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.
I nominate Colin Powell to be the Tea Party candidate....
Trying to keep his wife happy.
She’s not pleased with the thought of being excluded from the Washington Black Social Elite.
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.
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!
“Wasnt Powell smart once upon a time?
Americans are SLOWLY outgrowing the double standard that gives blacks, ANY black, a free pass.
No, he was a political affirmative action appointed General. He was just good a staying out of trouble and kissing butt.
“Wasnt Powell smart once upon a time?
Those of us in the military during his time knew darned well why he was selected...and he proved our suspicions correct.
Thankfully, we don’t really hear from Colin all that often anymore, and let’s hope it stays that way.
Really? The American Revolution was a "compromise?" That's news to me.
Didn’t this affirmative-action/equal-opportunity general support nobama???? So who cares what this tool thinks...about anything? Fade away, colon.
This just shows how bad affirative action really is.
Colin Powell thinks Obama is “just the ginchiest”.
Nothing more needs to be said.
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’.
By golly I think you’ve nailed it Tucker!
Why should we listen to a milquetoast Obama endorsing RINO?
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.
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...
It saddens me to think that Powell hates his country.
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”.
Looks like he and Ann Coulter agree on something.
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.
The man is a fool.
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.
He endorsed Bacrock so that political general can suck it. I’ll salute him with one finger.
Your statement, “Colon is full of crap. (pun intended)” had me laughing; yes, that Colon Bowel.
“Irritable Bowel” is just confirming what we alway suspected, that he’s just another “affirmative action Black.”
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