Powell: Tea Party POTUS candidate “can’t win”

posted at 9:25 am on November 28, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

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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I’m with Rush on this one – Powell judges people by the color of their skin. I’ve no use for him, even if he’s right.

Red Cloud on November 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM

What “Tea Party” candidate is he talking about?

forest on November 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Where did he buy his copy of the “Tea Party Bible?”

bloggless on November 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Racist fool. Is he done licking the boot Obama has on the neck of industry? lick lick

andy85719 on November 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Eh, Powell still thinks PBHO has all the right stuff to be POTUS even though evidence to the contrary is piled to the rafters.

Bishop on November 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

As compared to a mildly to moderately or extremely “Squishy” republican candidate can win the general election.

Has it occurred to anyone Obama is going to be fear mongering (SEE Colin Powell Obama supporter) and hyping the hell out of his own candidacy ? Obama isn’t “Extreme” ???

Dr Evil on November 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Powell’s domestic views add nothing new to challenge the current corrupt system we now live in. He offers nothing more than go along to get along pablum.

Is there anyone out there who wants to challenge the rotten, corrupt establishment in DC (both parties)?

rickyricardo on November 28, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Whatever. Obama-supporter.

juliesa on November 28, 2011 at 9:35 AM

In Washington fashion, the Democrat lion compromised with the Republican lamb. They’ll both eat some grass, and then the lion will only eat the lamb’s heart and liver.

RBMN on November 28, 2011 at 9:36 AM

What else would you expect Powell to say? His entire career has been based on his skin color; he is a race-obsessed boot-licker par excellence who rode preferments straight to the top.

He was allegedly a Republican until 2008, when he went in the tank for Osama Obama. Chickens, roost.

MrScribbler on November 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM

I’m with Beck: how do you compromise with marxists? That just leads to fascism. Fascism, when dreamed up by Mussolini was called the “Third Way” between capitalism and communism.

rbj on November 28, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Powell’s expiration date has come and gone. His support of Obama means his credibility on any matter is subject to grave doubts. Frankly, I am far more interested in the endorsements of the Generals that Team Obama has thrown-under-the-bus over the past couple of years, when these Generals expressed concerns and disagreements regarding the Once.

Mutnodjmet on November 28, 2011 at 9:38 AM

“Compromise is how this country was founded…”

Quite right, Colin. I seem to remeber one of those compromises being between the northern and southern colonies with regard to whether or not slavery would continue to be permitted. That compromise later led to a civil war.

Compromise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be sometimes, Mr. Powell.

outOfElement on November 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Bishop on November 28, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Haven’t given much weight to anything Powell has said for quite some time.

hawkdriver on November 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Powell is hardly a liberal by any stretch of the imagination

He’s a squishy moderate, who has bravely staked out the only position “safe” for a “Republican” on the talk show circuit: the Tea Party is to blame.

Powell does, however, maintain a lot of credibility in foreign policy and military matters.

Before I got to it, he was the commander of the 502nd infantry at the 101st Airborne. I recall seeing his picture on the wall there of past commanders. I used to respect him, but like so many in the military, current and former, he lost all credibility by abandoning the Powell Doctrine in his embrace of Obama.

We learned in the Army that everyone was only color: green. But he lost his military bearing long ago. He doesn’t deserve respect for his current political positions.

beatcanvas on November 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM

With a nice chianti Rbmn

:-)

cmsinaz on November 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM

He used the typical strawman argument that Republicans cannot compromise while ignoring that absolute refusal of Democrats to see reality of our situation.
It was dishonest.
I used to like the guy but after the way he let Scooter Libby twist in the wind for something his deputy, Richard Armitage did during the Valerie Plame fiasco I can’t even look at him.

NeoKong on November 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Powell is hardly a liberal by any stretch of the imagination,…

Only because anybody to the right of FDR is a Tea Party Radical™.

Steve Eggleston on November 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Thank you for service, but you are way past your expiration
date

You’vegone to the Dark side my friend

cmsinaz on November 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

He is not even a conservative, why do we care?

jeffn21 on November 28, 2011 at 9:48 AM

So does this mean Powell will remain on the DC cocktail circuit a little while longer?

VibrioCocci on November 28, 2011 at 9:50 AM

There’s that nasty word again – compromise. Ooops, sorry.

OldEnglish on November 28, 2011 at 9:51 AM

“Compromise is how this country was founded,” he said,

Really? I seem to recall leaning about a long war that was necessary to settle the issue.

tommyboy on November 28, 2011 at 9:52 AM

The hopes and dreams of a liberal Presidency have been hyped for decades, in everything from movies like The American President to TV shows like The West Wing. Implicit has been the promise of competent, principled leadership lifting up the deserving downtrodden and giving them their place at the table.

Carter was incompetent (must be a FLUKE!), Clinton compromised too much, so now we have 0bama. A wise man once said something to the effect that if you’ve never p1553d anybody off, you’ve never really accomplished anything. Carter and his incompetence are not a fluke when it comes to liberal politicians: Any politician sufficiently liberal to govern effectively as a liberal has arguably whizzled in some bowls of Cheerios. Not good for electability for a Party that thinks of itself as frickin’ Santa Claus. Any liberal who has avoided offense enough to be electable has no experience accomplishing anything, and once in office can navigate as well as an OWSer can navigate tattoo removal.

So no, Powell, this year we don’t have to find a moderate shrinking violet, because the American people know the alternative is not Andrew Shepherd or Josiah Bartlet, it’s Dumbazz McTelepompter the SCOAMF.

Sekhmet on November 28, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Powell lost all credibility when he endorsed a man who spent over 20 years as a member of a racist group (TUCC)… a man who spent over 20 years at the feet of the racist Rev. Wright.

Karmi on November 28, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Powell? Idiot.

Ward Cleaver on November 28, 2011 at 9:59 AM

“Compromise is how this country was founded,” he said, offering as an example the issue of slavery.

Yeah, and how did compromising on that little issue turn out? If I recall my history correctly, the Emmancipation Proclimation wasn’t exactly a “compromise” between slaveholders and abolitionists…

crazy_legs on November 28, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Just another black racist attacking those who disagree with their agenda. It is really that simple.

volsense on November 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM

He is a racist at best. Republican? I don’t think so. He longed for a moderate and when we nominated “The Maverick” he endorsed BO. Come on. We don’t have any use of this general.

antisocial on November 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Really? I seem to recall leaning about a long war that was necessary to settle the issue.

tommyboy on November 28, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Do kids even learn about that anymore?

Ward Cleaver on November 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM

He is absolutely right about the Tea Party candidates they’re all unelectable.

Falz on November 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Sadly,just another BHO sycophant !

Sandybourne on November 28, 2011 at 10:02 AM

What really scares me is this guy was a General, Sec’ty of Defense and he is as dumb as a fence post.

Herb on November 28, 2011 at 10:04 AM

I have to repeat what others have said. Why do Jazz Shaw and others feel they have to overlook things like the Obama endorsement and letting an innocent guy go to jail because telling the truth might be bad FOR HIM? If you read this Jazz I don’t respect Colin Powel and I don’t respect people who tell us we have to listen to him as a voice of ANY segment of the people. He has come to be a self-serving jerk and you should identify him as such or stand with him with your final comments in the post.

Conan on November 28, 2011 at 10:04 AM

“Powell is hardly a liberal by any stretch of the imagination…” ?!

Jazz, you need to get out more.

ncjetsfan on November 28, 2011 at 10:04 AM

I used to like the guy but after the way he let Scooter Libby twist in the wind for something his deputy, Richard Armitage did during the Valerie Plame fiasco I can’t even look at him.

NeoKong on November 28, 2011 at 9:45 AM

You and me both! Any honor or integrity that I thought he had prior to that was null and void when I learned of his silence.

His picture should be placed in all dictionaries, next to Cowardice.

TugboatPhil on November 28, 2011 at 10:04 AM

When Powell decided to endorse the mulatto candidate(Zero’s not black)based on race, I stopped caring about what Powell had to say.

annoyinglittletwerp on November 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM

“.he sat down with Christiane Amanpour on ABC’s This Week..”

..there’s your problem right there! She is such an affected, condescending liberal hack. That accent drives me up a wall.

The War Planner on November 28, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Hey, Powell, it’s the lefty’s turn to compromise.

tinkerthinker on November 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM

useless RACIST tool who is a charter member of the lifelong Washington elite…..

TELL ME AGAIN WHY I CARE WHAT HE SAYS?

SDarchitect on November 28, 2011 at 10:10 AM

We learned in the Army that everyone was only color: green. But he lost his military bearing long ago. He doesn’t deserve respect for his current political positions.

beatcanvas on November 28, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Amen. The merit-based, one-color (green) policy was one of the things I loved about the Service.

About Powell–or for that matter–Parker, (Christopher) Buckley, Brooks, Frum, Noonan and all the rest who claim to be Republicans while simultaneously supporting the most far left-wing then-candidate and now-president in American history: they aren’t Republicans. If anything, they’re the American equivalent of the British Tories, who win occasional elections to parliament by promising to be more efficient and disciplined managers of the Leviathan euro-socialist welfare state. Mark Steyn has already pointed out the Tory dillema at length, of course. Being ideologically stuck in the gray zone closely resembles fence-sitting and–when given a choice–voters generally prefer clear, binary choices over vague and undefined flip-floppery. If you’re a product of the state stuck with the choice of Socialism or Socialism Lite, the impulse is to go with the real thing.

Powell, along with his fellow moderates, is attempting to marginalize the Tea Party movement. Will he (and they) be successful? Is the Tea Party still a viable political force? I would say yes, if only because the issues driving its formation are still unaddressed. In my view, the Tea Party was a precursor just as the first Tea Party was a precursor. I predict a change in tone and direction once taxes go up astronomically and Carter-like inflation kicks in. Its leftist counterpart, the Occupy movement, will go through some changes of its own, evolving into something even more radical, more organized, well-funded and almost certainly more militant and prone to violence.

There won’t be much room for compromise between the two. It’ll be more a matter of picking a side, I think. There won’t be a safe middle ground.

troyriser_gopftw on November 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

tinkerthinker on November 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM

I would much prefer their unconditional surrender.

OldEnglish on November 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Powell is a freaking moron.

esnap on November 28, 2011 at 10:14 AM

The Obama administration “Trots out Powell” to give Obama’s presidency weight, credence.

The left forgets we remember what they called Powell, and Rice when they were part of George W Bush’s administration. Now we are supposed to think Powell has some kind of gravitas, because he’s humping Obama’s brand? That’s all Powell is doing he’s stumping for Obama’s reelection campaign. It’s the same as when Move On Dot Org., scrubbed “General Betrayus” from their website. These people’s reputations, Powell, Rice, Gates, and Patreaus are different when they are part of an Obama agenda to hold onto power – then say when they all were part of George W Bush’s administration.

Dr Evil on November 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

This goes along the lines of Krauthammer. Does Powell ever listen to Obama and all of the nonsense, lies, miss-fires of facts, history, geography, wrongly pronounced words, scapegoating, mayhem of shunning allies while bolstering the enemy? Do they ever?

betsyz on November 28, 2011 at 10:16 AM

He longed for a moderate and when we nominated “The Maverick” he endorsed BO. Come on.

antisocial on November 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM

So… Powell doesn’t really like moderate Republicans and he doesn’t really like conservative (Tea Party) Republicans… I’m getting the general drift (pun intended) that he doesn’t really like any Republicans. I believe, we call that a Democrat.

Fallon on November 28, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Powell is hardly a liberal by any stretch of the imagination,

He’s not a Republican or a conservative by any stretch of the imagination as well. And I say that as someone who 1) is not a Republican and 2) who is a political moderate (although one leaning to the right).

Vyce on November 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

What “Tea Party” candidate is he talking about?
forest on November 28, 2011 at 9:30 AM

My thoughts exactly, when I read the thread title.

listens2glenn on November 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Wow! Most all of you said what needs to be said. It looks like the General has reached the low point of his career of being the go-to guy for squishy Republicans on Sunday talk shows.

BTW, there is no such thing as a Tea Party candidate. The Tea Party is not a political party. When you see in print or in the media that someone is a Tea Party candidate it is a false assertion. The Tea Party is about principles–not people or candidates. It’s very, very difficult to compromise on the Constitution and still have a republic. For 100 years We the People have compromised and weren’t paying attention and this is why we elected Democrats. The squishy and corrupt among us have taken advantage and here we are being lectured about not compromising. Their time is up.

BetseyRoss on November 28, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Sec. Powell is the very essence of squish.

Cindy Munford on November 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM

This nation was NOT founded on compromise, but on the refusal to do so. Even as its founders hoped to strike a deal with the British Crown, there was no bending, no hearing of their grievances, leaving them with no choice but the UNcompromising decision to declare independence. Powell’s contention is the standard neo-con philosophy which played along with the tax-and-spend liberals under both Bush administrations, and which got us into this mess in the first place.

And his solution is more of the same? Is he crazy?

manwithblackhat on November 28, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Tea Party POTUS candidate “can’t win”

Yet, a far left Marxist radical might well be re-elected. Funny how that works.

faraway on November 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM

I would much prefer their unconditional surrender.

OldEnglish on November 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Me, too! ;0)

tinkerthinker on November 28, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Why should I care about the opinion of a man that tried to whitewash the My Lai massacre?

David in ATL on November 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Powell: Tea Party POTUS candidate “can’t win”

Powell is just another one of those who prove the opposite is true.

Speakup on November 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Just because you hate Powell doesn’t mean he isn’t right. None of these “TEA Party” people can beat Obama. None of these “TEA Party” candidates except for Rick Perry have any business running for president. They are clowns and jokes and have turned the GOP primary into the Star Wars Bar Scene.

The only TEA Party-ish guy who could and should have gotten into beat Obama was Mitch Daniels.

ninjapirate on November 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Powell is hardly a liberal by any stretch of the imagination

Seriously? How far does one’s imagination have to stretch to call a man who endorsed and voted for Barack Obama a liberal? Powell had a choice between a moderate Republican and a far-left liberal Democrat, and he chose the latter. If it acts like a liberal and endorses and votes for liberals, it’s a liberal.

AZCoyote on November 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

The Powell Doctrine is great military strategy. The Powell opinion is okay for leftist viewers in TV Land, but not in the real world.

I respect him for his service to our country, but dismiss him quickly on matters of politics, especially when it comes to the Tea Party.

itzWicks on November 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Wow. There must be a real shortage of knowledgeable folks willing to come on these shows and give their opinions about the presidential elections. They’ve been pretty much scraping the bottom of the barrel with these interviews for quite some time. Who gives a rats a$$ what Colin Powell thinks…about anything, really. I guess the real heavyweight experts (you know, folks like Garofalo, Meghan McCain, Sean Penn) had other commitments. /

scalleywag on November 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

Nobody listens to Powell. The left will never forgive his testimony in favor of the Iraq war, and his non-stop efforts to regain credibility with the Washington party circuit since then have not exactly endeared him to ANY Republicans. He IS a tool of the left though, which trots him out any time they feel they need to “shame” Republicans into a compromise or a generally weak position. This sad and poisonous creature should be ignored.

Igor R. on November 28, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Thanks for your service. You wanted hope and change, you got it. Stick with what you know: the military and volvos. As for everything else, leave it to the adults.

JeffinOrlando on November 28, 2011 at 10:54 AM

First, thanks for your service. You got suckered into hope and change with the other vote for race morons. Stick with what you know, military and volvos. As for the rest of it, leave it tot the adults.

JeffinOrlando on November 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Sorry for repeats guys. Thought my first didn’t load. Apologies.

JeffinOrlando on November 28, 2011 at 10:58 AM

“Compromise is how this country was founded,” he said

Au contraire….if this country had been founded on “Compromise”, we would still be singing “God Save the Queen” and the Pound Sterling would be the currency.

No, you are wrong sir, and despite your outward appearance you still view the world via racial glasses.

belad on November 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

I have always wondered how anyone smart enough to make the Joint Chiefs position would be DUMB enough to vote for Obama?

Still scratching my head on that one. Even I don’t think affirmative action gets you that position.

karenhasfreedom on November 28, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Why should I care about the opinion of a man that tried to whitewash the My Lai massacre?

David in ATL on November 28, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Ah, someone else remembers. Good on you.

Powell is just a PPP – Pentagon Perfumed Prince. (the PPP warning label says: for decoration only – not functional)

platypus on November 28, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Colin Powell has ZERO credibility – he is a racist liar who should go retire on his pension and STFU.

And as a former RINO turned Democrat, he thinks he can lecture us on the founding of this country? The founding fathers intent is nowhere close to what the politicians of today are doing.

jackal40 on November 28, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Jazz shaw is way too kind to Colin Powell.

Colin Powell is a nobody in the Republican Party. I think that the acronym RINO is overused, but RINO is accurately used as to Powell. I do not recognize Powell as a Republican and no one else should either. Powell has three strikes against him.

Strike one: when Secretary of State, Powell did not tell President GW Bush and Vice President Cheney that Powell’s deputy Richard Armitage was the source of the “leak” to Bob Novak that Valerie Plame was Joe Wilson’s wife; and as Cheney has said and as any observer of events at the time was aware, Bush and Cheney took a beating for supposedly “outing” Plame and the special prosecutor Fitzgerald’s investigation functioned as an attack on the Bush-Administration when in fact it had no basis. Powell knew Armitage was Novak’s source, yet Powell said nothing and let Bush and Cheney get beat up politically and in the press. Powell should have on his record Scooter Libby’s conviction and pay his fine.

Strike two: Powell, just before the 2008 election, endorsed Obama over McCain. One of McCain’s assets was his credentials with respect to Commander in Chief issues, but Powell gave voters comfort that Obama could handle being Commander in Chief. Powell did so because Obama shared and shares Powell’s skin color.

Strike three: since 2008, Powell has argued that the Republican Party should support higher taxes and more Government spending and has been an Obama defender, at a time when the Republican Party has needed to get its act together as a conservative party in opposition to Obama.

Three strikes and you are out in baseball. The same applies as to the Republican Party and the very disloyal Colin Powell. Whatever Powell might say about foreign policy and military matters has no credibility.

Phil Byler on November 28, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Poor little Powell.

He’s so racially confused – and that’s what happens when you play with identity politics….you begin to lose track of “self”.

He’s lost all credibility, his ability to serve his country has been irrepairably damaged – and these days his race-baiting is the only thing that gets him the headlines.

What a profound dissapointment this man ended up being.

Tim_CA on November 28, 2011 at 11:07 AM

He is a disgrace!!!! Racist to the core!!! I used to repect him.

Winebabe on November 28, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Just because you hate Powell doesn’t mean he isn’t right. None of these “TEA Party” people can beat Obama. None of these “TEA Party” candidates except for Rick Perry have any business running for president. They are clowns and jokes and have turned the GOP primary into the Star Wars Bar Scene.

The only TEA Party-ish guy who could and should have gotten into beat Obama was Mitch Daniels.

ninjapirate on November 28, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Go back to your basement lair. First off, nobody hates Powell – we detest him. There is a difference.

Second, there’s no such thing as a tea party candidate because there is no political party called Tea Party. You can tell when somebody has tea party support when his/her poll numbers go up and stay there irrespective of efforts to smear him/her. (see Cain, Herman)

You can see who might get tea party support by looking at a person’s history and seeing if (1) it matches up with the constitution closely, or (2) it was all wrong and at some point it suddenly made a complete 180 turn and hasn’t wavered since the turn.

Understand? It isn’t magic, unlike the one-night-stand Kenyan offspring’s drugs – hopium and changerium.

platypus on November 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM

GEN Powell, when you were a company/battalion commander, did you compromise with the malcontent soldiers that violated your rules? Were you a “moderate” commander? Did you “moderate” with the enemy when you established the Powell Doctrine? Did you seek a compromise when your forces went through Saddams Republican Guard like a freaking buzzsaw?

ted c on November 28, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Powell should have been on that list of “least influential people”. He has made so many foolish statements by now he isn’t even worth hearing any more.

echosyst on November 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Promotion to General is about being at the right place at the right time, political connections, and no damage in their political career. Getting past the rank of Lt Col takes maneuvering, sometimes by crawling up the stack of “bodies” (meaning what what will make me look good and makes you look bad that will get me the promotion before you). I wonder how many people out there had their military career end because they were a “body” that Powell was able to use to climb the stack. I’ve not met any in the General Officer ranks that truly were the essence of leadership, do the right thing, integrity, take care of the troops. I’ve always wondered when I’m briefing what they are really angling for.

TulsAmerican on November 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Can he point out where the Tea Party is a “Party”?
That’s okay, I never thought a Marxist would ever be president either…

right2bright on November 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Here are some quotes

1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.

2. Get mad, then get over it.

3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

4. It can be done!

5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it.

6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8. Check small things.

9. Share credit.

10. Remain calm. Be kind.

11. Have a vision. Be demanding.

12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Hmmm I wonder who said those things?
Why those words were spoken by and are Powell’s Rules.

ColdWarrior57 on November 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Remember, Powell voted for Obama (you know, the guy who was going to fundamentally transform America)! So much for extremism.

Christian Conservative on November 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Powell is as irrelevant.

tx2654 on November 28, 2011 at 12:02 PM

The Tea Party point of view of ‘no compromise whatsoever’…

.
I think it’s more like. “We’re done compromising and getting screwed. Control spending and then we’ll talk.”

ronsfi on November 28, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Thank you for service, but you are way past your expiration
date

You’vegone to the Dark side my friend

cmsinaz on November 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM

+ 100..:)

Dire Straits on November 28, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Hey DS :)

cmsinaz on November 28, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Jazz Shaw…..you couldn’t be more wrong about Powell’s credibility as a foreign poicy and military type. He was opposed to GHWB when it came to responding to Iraq invading Kuwait.Which means he failed as a foreign policy and military advisor!

He and Secretary Rice certainly never exhibited any foreign policy brillance when advising GWB.

Powell and Rice are both products of Affirmative Action….along with BHO and his wife. Look what that has done for us.

tomshup on November 28, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Awwwww, was someone feeling ignored in the MSM these days?

roy_batty on November 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Calculating, racist sack of excrement and witless Obama-sucking tool.

Extrafishy on November 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM

He admitted he’s a racist, so why is anyone giving this man a forum?

dogsoldier on November 28, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Powell is a damned liberal by no stretch of the imagination at all.

Sherman1864 on November 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Colin Powell, the affirmative action general, and one of the main figures in trying to cover up the Mia Lia massacre, has absolutely no intellectual nor moral creditability whatsoever.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Nothing but a useful fool as the saying goes. I used to respect the man but now wouldn’t cross the street to pull him from the edge of a cliff.

jistincase on November 28, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Until Powell decided to run as a Democrat he is largely irrelevant as shown in the interview.

DannoJyd on November 28, 2011 at 6:49 PM

I won’t give up until an explicitly small government candidate explicitly loses. Once he loses I’ll figure it’s too late to wait another four years to try again. I’ll “sell America short” and make the best of what I can in my remaining years. You younger folks have FAR more at stake than I do. And if you can’t get it right, you made your bed and you can damn well sleep in it.

{^_^}

herself on November 29, 2011 at 2:07 AM

Yo Colon, 2010 was a fluke huh loser?

JustJP on November 29, 2011 at 4:19 AM