Remember what I said about Colin Powell?

I caught a lot of flak for writing this back a few weeks ago

Moderates won;t come back to the ranks of the Republican party because we beg them. They will come back because we look like we are going to win some elections and we make the otther guys look extreme or incompetent

well, lookie here!

State of the Union: Powell 'concerned' about Obama's agenda

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In a wide-ranging interview set to air Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, one of President Barack Obama's most prominent Republican supporters says he is 'concerned' about the new president's ambitious agenda and the high price tags accompanying many of Obama's initiatives.

 

"I'm a little concerned," former Secretary of State Colin Powell says. "I'm concerned at the number of programs that are being presented, the bills associated with these programs and the additional government that will be needed to execute them."

Powell also seems to sound a note of warning to the young president.

"I think one of the cautions that has to be given to the president — and I've talked to some of his people about this — is that you can't have so many things on the table that you can't absorb it all. And we can't pay for it all."

With all due respect to the General, perhaps he ought to have read my stuff and realized that Obama and company were going to create a federal deficit of galatic proportions. It wasn't like some mysterious military secret to figure out, please.

But then again, like I said.

If Powell was convinced that the GOP couldn't mount a comeback he wouldn't leave the door open to come back in.  A general always thinks strategically

I'm always willing to let people back into the church after they leave, so no real hard feelings. (What Governor Palin thinks, well, it's up to her). But once again, I feel like Panasonic 

 

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You can post some selected passages and call yourself a genius

You can post some selected passages and call yourself a genius; meanwhile the rest of us are going to click over, read the whole thing, and then question your sanity.

Even as he raises concerns about the new Democratic president's agenda, Powell also seems to back away from some of his own conservative views.

"I don't like slogans anymore like 'limited government.' That's not the right answer. The right answer is, give me a government that works."

"The people want their problems solved," Powell also says in the interview. "And very often, it's government that has to do that. So let's have good government, effective government, whether you call it limited or not."

 

When did I say Powell wasn't a moderate?

Powell is akin to Eisenhower--wants  "good government; effective government". And the Obama camp was spinning this nonsense to whoever would listen.Now he realizes that isn't what he's ever gonna get. Oops.  

I have to admit NRN, I doubt even the most avowed liberal would confuse you for a genius. Go re-read Mother Jones and get some recycled talking points, ok.

 

How far removed is the Republican Party

from the concept of "good government, effective government?"  Do you realize what this entails?  It means embracing the social state and working to make it run more smoothly and more effeciently.  It doesn't mean kneecapping it purposefully to lower your tax bill.  Republicans aren't going to vote for a health care bill anyway, so it gives Democrats no incentive to try and moderate the bill.  Republicans cannot and will not stem the slow march of America to a European style Social Democracy.  Deal with it, get ahead of the game, and make it work as best as possible.

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