Question for Colin Powell: What one thing do you hope Obama’s learned over the past four years?

posted at 8:35 pm on January 21, 2013 by Allahpundit

There are a thousand good answers to this question. You know what mine would be — fiscal iceberg, dead ahead — but there’s no shortage of big-picture criticisms available to either side. Even Obama’s rote self-serving answer, that he needs to put more effort into his messaging to move his agenda, has some truth to it. Powell’s answer? He needs to reach out more to both sides, which quickly mutates into a lament about … Birtherism. Imagine being given a major network platform on Inauguration Day and invited to offer one key piece of advice to the president as he starts his second term, and your first thought is to harangue your own party for a conspiracy theory whose heyday was three or four years ago. This is why it’s become so hard to take Powell seriously, even if you’re not normally inclined to point and shout “RINO” at every centrist Republican within earshot. There’s simply no way that a thoughtful commentator would offer a response this trivial to a question of this magnitude. It stinks of brand burnish, especially since he once had his priorities straight. He’s so accustomed to being fawned over as the Republican who disdains the Republican Party that he now seems to lapse reflexively into that mode unbidden. It’s almost shtick. Even the preface to the Birther stuff, about making nice with Congress and the opposition, is mindless “No Labels” boilerplate meant less as constructive advice than as a signal of how “reasonable” the speaker is. And the punchline is, when it came time for Obama to address the country today, outreach was nowhere to be found. The One isn’t so “reasonable,” it turns out, and he’s more successful because of it.

Speaking as a noted RINO myself, let me lay down a little litmus test for fellow squishes. If ever you’re asked this question and your answer doesn’t involve the words “16 trillion” and “entitlements,” you’re no longer a RINO. You’re a left-leaning independent. At best.


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Obama learned that his college professors were correct…

Electrongod on January 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

That betraying the military, the Constitution and your nation is okay as long as it gets you face time?

viking01 on January 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Question for Colin Powell: What one thing do you hope Obama’s learned over the past four years?

So he uses this as a segue into attacking Republicans?

How could anyone have wanted this worthless man as the GOP presidential candidate?

sharrukin on January 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Question for Colin Powell

There are a thousand good answers to this question. You know what mine would be — fiscal iceberg, dead ahead — but there’s no shortage of big-picture criticisms available to either side. Even Obama’s rote self-serving answer, that he needs to put more effort into his messaging to move his agenda, has some truth to it. Powell’s answer? He needs to reach out more to both sides, which quickly mutates into a lament about … Birtherism. Imagine being given a major network platform on Inauguration Day and invited to offer one key piece of advice to the president as he starts his second term, and your first thought is to harangue your own party for a conspiracy theory whose heyday was three or four years ago. This is why it’s become so hard to take Powell seriously, even if you’re not normally inclined to point and shout “RINO” at every centrist Republican within earshot.

Good write up Allah. Perfect.

SparkPlug on January 21, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Who in the hell cares what Colin Powell thinks and why is he in the news every day? He’s an attenuated and discredited has-been.

rrpjr on January 21, 2013 at 8:39 PM

He’s not a republican.

mrscullen on January 21, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Free Alinsky!

Electrongod on January 21, 2013 at 8:39 PM

OT: I’m sure some of you follow Robert Costa on twitter, but I wanted to share a few tweets I found interesting.

“Getting some emails back from strategists. Consensus: GOP doesn’t just need rebranding. Needs to modernize how it articulates conservatism”

“Consensus among my GOP sources:Obama is expertly repackaging old-school, tax-and-spend liberalism as the status quo, conservatism threatened”

“In other words, there is a respect for his political talent and standing, but relief that not every Dem prez nominee will share those traits”

“Broadly speaking, so many Repubs are frustrated that they spend years talking about debt, lack of budgets, spending–and O just glides past”

“The most interesting thing to me is what I’m hearing bubbling below the surface on Capitol Hill. Murmurs about shaking up whole GOP approach”

“Many members, people you wouldn’t expect, are truly concerned about how party’s rep is hurting them back home. Some may start to speak up”

“Many in GOP sick of blasting popular O. Want to battle liberalism, not a guy. Look for Scott Walker, others to get a real look in coming yrs”

Donald Draper on January 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

A RINO never misses a chance to bash his own party using strawmen put of the DNC playbook.

SparkPlug on January 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Spot on Allah!

He needs to switch parties

cmsinaz on January 21, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Why do the libs keep bringing up the birther nonsense? They are the only ones I ever hear talking about it.

ctmom on January 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Donald Draper on January 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Thanks. Another reaffirmation of the stunning stupidity of the GOP. Nowhere in this litany of insipid complaints and feeble nostrums does the media appear. It’s the media, you idiots. Think you could figure it out, like, EVER? Apparently not.

rrpjr on January 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Thanks. Another reaffirmation of the stunning stupidity of the GOP. Nowhere in this litany of insipid complaints and feeble nostrums does the media appear. It’s the media, you idiots. Think you could figure it out, like, EVER? Apparently not.

rrpjr on January 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Hopefully a part of their new strategy will be challenging the media constantly ala Gingrich.

Donald Draper on January 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Democrat.

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

What is his problem? Criticizing Sarah Palin for “shuck and jive”, Sununu for “lazy”, and now some anonymous Birthers about something that was a nothingburger at its peak years ago? Seriously, Powell is just as out there as those who buy into any of the so-called conspiracy theorists on the Right.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Of course O’Reilly was equally slow to det it.

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

It’s almost shtick.

Channeling your inner Ace again? WELL SAID.

John the Libertarian on January 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

det=get

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Besides that, it’s a strictly factual issue. Either Obama was born in Hawaii, or he wasn’t. It’s not about him, or the kind of person he is. Compare to Tea Partiers being smeared as racists, or hating children and old people, or being selfish, or lacking compassion. There’s no comparison. So what if some people don’t believe Obama was born in Hawaii? So what?

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2013 at 8:53 PM

That betraying the military, the Constitution and your nation is okay as long as it gets you face time?

viking01 on January 21, 2013 at 8:38 PM

And you’re colored?

tommy-t on January 21, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Colin doesn’t have a problem with millions of Micheal Moore 911 Troofers on the Left.

He has a problem with a scant few Birthers though.

SparkPlug on January 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I haven’t posted in 3 months… Too depressed about today.

No voter pays attention to the MSM anymore. 22 years in the school system is brainwashing enough. It doesn’t matter. Lets focus on the schools and stop the shirking about the media who draws a 0.4 rating and is only watched by old people that vote republican anyway.

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Why do the libs keep bringing up the birther nonsense? They are the only ones I ever hear talking about it.

ctmom on January 21, 2013 at 8:47 PM

They pick it up at their cocktail parties, who take their lead from such as Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Lawrence O’Donnell, even Barack Obama himself who frequently brings it up, and now, I fear, Colin Powell.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

It appears as though while going off on his ant-GOP tirade that he forget the original question.

TampaBayBull on January 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

It appears as though while going off on his ant-GOP tirade that he forget the original question.

TampaBayBull on January 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Yep. He didn’t like the question so he ranted like a Lib/RINO.

SparkPlug on January 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM

The Idiot Intolerant Demonizing Demonizers that put Hopey
under Scrutiny by the Scutenizing Scruteneers!!

canopfor on January 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Feel free to post, FBCoachnTX1980

SparkPlug on January 21, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Powell craves attention. Thats all.

tommy71 on January 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM

So what if some people don’t believe Obama was born in Hawaii? So what?

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2013 at 8:53 PM

I personally know that he was shit by a crow on a fence post and the sun hatched him.

tommy-t on January 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM

It appears as though while going off on his ant-GOP tirade that he forget the original question.

TampaBayBull on January 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

The one big lesson Obama should learn from his first 4 years, is, uh … uh … racist! Racist! That birther nonsense, those idiots. They’re racist. If the Republican Party doesn’t call them out, then, they’re racist too. RACIST.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Colin Powell…….you have almost lost me,
and such a fall,from Desert Storm!

canopfor on January 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

The man’s a joke anymore. Don’t listen to 10 seconds of his dribble.

Hummer53 on January 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

MeanWhile…………………..

PJ Media ‏@PJMedia_com

Obama’s #inaug2013 tactic: suggest a goal we all agree with, then posit leftism as the only way to get there. http://ow.ly/h0Dm4
==============================================================

UMA…Unity My *ss(sarc)

January 21st, 2013 – 11:37 am

No sooner did President Barack Obama finish his second inaugural address did the

liberal pundits proclaim it to be a speech of unity on behalf of all Americans.

Yes, it is a platitude, but all of us do pause to reaffirm the greatness of our Republic, and to celebrate the election of a Chief Executive with whom many of us may disagree but nevertheless represents our country as a whole, and who is entrusted by us to make the tough decisions that all our countrymen will have to live with. The speech, however, left much to be desired, and my first take is that it will not be one that many will remember in future years.
========

http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2013/01/21/what-was-the-meaning-of-president-obamas-second-inaugural-address/

canopfor on January 21, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Colin Powell…….you have almost lost me,
and such a fall,from Desert Storm!

canopfor on January 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Because of Powell we didn’t finish the job the first time and lost many more souls because of it. Stormon’ Norman was the military stalwart of DS. Powell is and always has been an AA recipient and politician in uniform.

tommy-t on January 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

We need to have a bet on HA – who goes Dem first – Christie or Powell

gophergirl on January 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Donald Draper on January 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

It’s only hard to beat Obama, if you’re a white guy older than him.

No offense to anyone here, but Barry’s strategy has always been judo; in an era where white male characters are endlessly ridiculed, from comedians to sitcoms to commercials, let that whitey stiffness of your opponents shine through and make them unappealing, instantly disqualifying what they’re saying.

From Bud to Don – if Boehner had embraced his inner martini lunch guy, he would have had more of a receptive audience. Same thing if Mitt said he was Gecko, and then flipped the image on its head.

budfox on January 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

HTnFBCoachnTX1980 on January 21, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I haven`t watched the news (even Fox) since Nov. 5th. Can`t say I miss it, I get my news here.

ThePrez on January 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM

“Many in GOP sick of blasting popular O. Want to battle liberalism, not a guy. Look for Scott Walker, others to get a real look in coming yrs”

Donald Draper on January 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Talk about out of touch RINOs. I am disgusted. Now it’s Obama’s too popular, did they not READ he’s the least popular re-elected president since WWII.

WTF is wrong with this party?

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

We need to have a bet on HA – who goes Dem first – Christie or Powell

gophergirl on January 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Niether, because as soon as they join the enemy, yes the enemy, the State run media will have no need of them. Their only appeal to the SRN is that they claim the manel of “Republican”.

tommy-t on January 21, 2013 at 9:12 PM

“How are we going to win this next election?”

First, by getting rid of squishes like you, Powell. Tell us why you fell for Obama over moderate (yes, moderate) Republicans like McCain and Romney. I voted for both, but only because both were better candidates than President Cokehead (nobody should be upset by this characterization; he admitted it himself). Even if they were less conservative than I’d have liked, ad least they both understood the free market and the role government had to play in it.

Powell spent a lifetime in government service NEVER having to create a thing. He’s no better than Clinton or Obama. And he has the nerve to call out the very people that employed him. F*ck him and his sanctimonious ass.

john1schn on January 21, 2013 at 9:15 PM

We need to have a bet on HA – who goes Dem first – Christie or Powell

gophergirl on January 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Tough question. Powell?

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 9:15 PM

We need to have a bet on HA – who goes Dem first – Christie or Powell

gophergirl on January 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Powell is pretty much already there. A few steps ahead of Michael Steele and several behind Charlie Crist. I don’t see Christie going Dem.

TampaBayBull on January 21, 2013 at 9:15 PM

WTF is wrong with this party?

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Answer: too many RINOs.

Btw, love your name. Pinkbullet sounds cool.

SparkPlug on January 21, 2013 at 9:18 PM

We need to have a bet on HA – who goes Dem first – Christie or Powell

gophergirl on January 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Powell can call himself anything he wants, but he is a democrat. You don’t vote for Obama twice and still get to call yourself Republican or even RINO and expect anyone outside the MSM to buy it.

Alabama Infidel on January 21, 2013 at 9:18 PM

manel s/b mantel

tommy-t on January 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I haven`t watched the news (even Fox) since Nov. 5th. Can`t say I miss it, I get my news here.

ThePrez on January 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Yea I feel you. It took us a while too to get over the reelection of Dubya. You will be fine though.

HotAirLib on January 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

HotAirLib on January 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

HAL… sing DAISY.

You know you want to… just do it.

Sing it, HAL.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Powell should stop lying. A pitiful dishonorable man.

forest on January 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Powell is entering the first stages of dementia, soon enough the man will be running around like the old veteran from “The Road Warrior; swinging an old sword, wearing an ill-fitting uniform, and ranting about taking on the “Japs”.

Bishop on January 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

MeanWhile back at the Community Organizational Ranch of America…

ORGANIZING FOR ACTION

By The Associated Press
— Jan. 21 6:17 PM EST
***********************

President Barack Obama got his start in politics as a community organizer nearly 30 years ago on Chicago’s South Side.

He hasn’t stopped organizing since.
***********************************

He didn’t waste much time after delivering his second inaugural address to implore his backers to join his campaign’s new nonprofit organization,

Organizing for Action.
***********************

The president said in an email to supporters that the group was the “next step in our grassroots movement and

will be crucial to finishing what we started.”
**********************************************

“If you haven’t already, say you’ll be a part of it,” Obama wrote, directing supporters to a web link with more details.

The nonprofit, which will raise money from corporate and grassroots donors, is an unusual creation, essentially morphing a presidential re-election campaign into a nonprofit organization

built to back up Obama’s efforts in Congress.
*********************************************

Organizers of the group, composed of top Obama aides, have vowed to build support for the president’s plans on gun control, immigration and climate change. The group will operate outside the confines of the White House and Obama’s political arm, the Democratic National Committee.

It sets up a test of whether Obama

can turn his political army
***************************

into a powerhouse grassroots lobbying machine for his agenda — in other words, whether

the community organizer-turned president
****************************************

can organize the country behind his goals.
*******************************************

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/organizing-action

canopfor on January 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM

WTF is wrong with this party?

Raquel Pinkbullet on January 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Stockholm syndrome. No hope for any of them. Purge them all. It’s the only way.

rrpjr on January 21, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Yea I feel you. It took us a while too to get over the reelection of Dubya. You will be fine though.

HotAirLib on January 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

You never did get over it shitstick and that is why everything wrong in Bury’s first term was not his fault but that of his predecessor.

tommy-t on January 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Obama is officially a lame duck. He’s got very little political capital. He’s made the mistake of letting his party know that he didn’t give a darn about their election and re-election prospects, only his own, when he refused to share campaign funds, and refused to campaign for them.

The Democrats face more seats up for election and re-election in 2014 than the Republicans do.

There is massive trouble brewing in the South China Sea and we are treaty bound to defend Japan. Further, Japan is embarking on an economic policy that could very well bring down the global economic house of cards.

Obama can declare ‘a decade of war at an end’ all he wants, it means nothing to al quaeda and it’s many offshoots.

This is not the Kennedy White House and administration. We are a long way from ‘Camelot’.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Yea I feel you. It took us a while too to get over the reelection of Dubya. You will be fine though.

HotAirLib on January 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

16 trillion…

Guess how I feel?

Electrongod on January 21, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Yea I feel you. It took us a while too to get over the reelection of Dubya.

HotAirLib on January 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Apparently not, Code Pinko is still chasing Rumsfeldt with a pair of handcuffs.

Bishop on January 21, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Powell has already gone full RINO. He is now in the lying bed wetting Dem phase.

But he has to pretend to be a moderate REP, otherwise the MSM will flush his face time.

SparkPlug on January 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Powell is entering the first stages of dementia, soon enough the man will be running around like the old veteran from “The Road Warrior; swinging an old sword, wearing an ill-fitting uniform, and ranting about taking on the “Japs”.

Bishop on January 21, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Bishop:Like this:)
==================

Arsenic and Old Lace Movie

CHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGEEEEEEEEE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE8kOv26BuQ

canopfor on January 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM

How soon with the destruction of AmeriKKKa -arrogant racist nation justly deserving of oblivion- be completed by Obama and his wreckers?

profitsbeard on January 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM

I haven`t watched the news (even Fox) since Nov. 5th. Can`t say I miss it, I get my news here.

ThePrez on January 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM

I haven’t seen 1 second of today’s events and I don’t plan to.

The news isn’t what it used to be. I can go on Drudge, Twitchy, HA, the local channels and a couple sports sites and get everything I need to be well informed.

gophergirl on January 21, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Obama has made it clear to the world that American citizens and the citizens of our allies are fair game.

It had become increasingly dangerous to be an American abroad in certain parts of the world in the last decade, whether on business or pleasure. However, Obama’s refusal in Benghazi and now in Algeria to respond, much less send in our highly trained elite rescue forces, to facilitate the rescue of our personnel abroad, has effectively made targets of our people abroad looking to lash out at this nation. To say it was a mistake is a massive understatement.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Obama can declare ‘a decade of war at an end’ all he wants, it means nothing to al quaeda and it’s many offshoots.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Exactly. al quaeda laughs in his face.

SparkPlug on January 21, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Colin Powell is the end product of Affirmative Action in the military.

He penned ‘The Powell Doctrine’ when it was advantageous for his career to do so… and then promptly negated it when it became inconvenient and difficult for this president to adhere to it.

His loyalty, clearly, is to this president and to that president’s political agenda and party.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I haven`t watched the news (even Fox) since Nov. 5th. Can`t say I miss it, I get my news here.

ThePrez on January 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM

ThePrez:

In a weird way, I envy you,as soon as I get on the computer,
about 10 News Twitter Feeds go up,and Breaking News site,is almost on 24/7:)

canopfor on January 21, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Colin Powell is the end product of Affirmative Action in the military.

He penned ‘The Powell Doctrine’ when it was advantageous for his career to do so… and then promptly negated it when it became inconvenient and difficult for this president to adhere to it.

His loyalty, clearly, is to this president and to that president’s political agenda and party.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Cleared up the facts for you.

tommy-t on January 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Oh, Jackie, what truth you speak, the people back at home have no idea what is going on out here, remember we did to the Japanese after WWII what the French did to the Germans after WWI. Add to that that the Chinese want serious payback for Nanking and the rest. Somebody better tell the President that his Navy doesn’t have enough ships to cover whats about to go down!

MarshFox on January 21, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Since Krispy Kreme is no longer concerned with the debt, can we consider him a Democrat?

Illinidiva on January 21, 2013 at 9:42 PM

This is not the Kennedy White House and administration. We are a long way from ‘Camelot’.

thatsafactjack on January 21, 2013 at 9:25 PM

JFK, of course, would be considered a right wing nut job in today’s Democrat Party, a relic worthy of treatment far worse than even that of Joe Lieberman. Plus, having a pretty wife (and gorgeous paramours) would doom him today in that cabal. In so many ways, JFK was the last of their ilk worth some degree of admiration.

TXUS on January 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I can remember when Colin Powell was touted by many as the GOP savior, about 1995. Beware of false messiahs.

ddrintn on January 21, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Powell is a Saudi shill…

Here is Powell, Bush I and Cheney walking with their overlord.

William Eaton on January 21, 2013 at 9:56 PM

The one thing Obama/Powell have learned?

Being a (half) black president is a free pass for anything you want to do, no matter how crazy or inappropriate it is. If you can’t excuse it with a teleprompter, the media and Chrithy Matthews will do it for you as kool-aid drinkers. Screw the country.

NoPain on January 21, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Imagine being given a major network platform on Inauguration Day and invited to offer one key piece of advice to the president as he starts his second term, and your first thought is to harangue your own party for a conspiracy theory whose heyday was three or four years ago.

This is why it’s become so hard to take Powell seriously, even if you’re not normally inclined to point and shout “RINO” at every centrist Republican within earshot. There’s simply no way that a thoughtful commentator would offer a response this trivial to a question of this magnitude.

It stinks of brand burnish, especially since he once had his priorities straight. He’s so accustomed to being fawned over as the Republican who disdains the Republican Party that he now seems to lapse reflexively into that mode unbidden. It’s almost shtick.

Same dynamic at play the other day when Condi Rice made her contribution to this by accusing half the country of being unwelcoming towards or not caring what happens (presumably not caring if they live or die) to “large sections of the country.”

It was stupid, unhelpful and wrong when Rice said it, and its equally repugnant and useless when Powell says it. Rice cant or wont name names because they do not exist.

I wish both Rice and Powell would stop booking themselves onto TV shows as “Republicans” if this retrograde ignorant garbage is what we’re going to get out of them.

Sacramento on January 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

…I prefer for Powell’s Colon to speak!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Same dynamic at play the other day when Condi Rice made her contribution to this by accusing half the country of being unwelcoming towards or not caring what happens (presumably not caring if they live or die) to “large sections of the country.”

Sacramento on January 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

She really said that? That’s truly disappointing. Divisive class-warfare, compassion-baiting, big-government begging victimology.

Paul-Cincy on January 21, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Condi Rice isn’t in quite the same boat. She was speaking in a more optimistic tone about making sure people felt more welcomed into a party that has a lot to offer them. She endorsed Romney and showed up at the convention to speak movingly.

Gen. Powell has just been a disappointment the last 4-5 years. He seemed to really lose his sense of affiliation with the Republican party after being stung by criticism over the Iraq War and his presentation to the U.N. He gave the best information he had to the U.N. which was what everyone believed at the time (unlike Susan Rice selling patently false nonsense on Benghazi for political purposes). Now he’s just trashing people who espoused the same ideals he once claimed to believe in. I can understand him embracing Obama to some extent as a historical figure, but I can’t forgive him running down Republicans as though there are masses of racists in the party. That’s untrue and a terrible false accusation.

Jill1066 on January 21, 2013 at 10:34 PM

What a petty little fart of a racist man.

ExpressoBold on January 21, 2013 at 11:43 PM

After Dear leader started bringing it up Birtherism to help his campaign, even dedicated Birthers have shut up talking about it. I have to assume the Generalissimo is employing a Jedi-mind-game-level strategery here.

Knott Buyinit on January 21, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Imagine being given a major network platform on Inauguration Day and invited to offer one key piece of advice to the president as he starts his second term, and your first thought is to harangue your own party for a conspiracy theory whose heyday was three or four years ago.

Correction, AP…I don’t know WHO’S party Gen. Powell is a member of, but it sure as shootin not MY party, let alone the GOP.

BlaxPac on January 21, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Colin Powell is no cornball brother.

Ronnie on January 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Powell has switched to the D party…it just helps his TV time and image management to be the thoughtful R

there’s a lot of slimy pols out there…Bloomberg D then R then I, Crist, Spector. Whatever it takes to get your name and face on the tube

r keller on January 22, 2013 at 12:23 AM

It’s like having our very own Jimmy Carter!

Shy Guy on January 22, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Allah, Colon Powell is just more RINOy than you are is all. Probably way more.

Colon needs to get his fiber and shut up, thank you kindly, ma’am ….

Sherman1864 on January 22, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Question for Colin Powell: What one thing do you hope Obama’s learned over the past four years?

Race uber alles. – Colin Powell

VorDaj on January 22, 2013 at 2:11 AM

Sherriff Arpaio’s group of investigators have presented an extremely strong case that the birth certificate and other documentation are fraudulent.

Powell’s attempt to stigmatise a legitimate investigation with powerful evidence is unbecoming of someone so apparently secure in his moral high ground of absolute truth.

Instead of marginalising and stigmatising, simply conduct a properly funded investigation based on Sherriff Joe’s findings and people like me will have nothing more to say – the truth will be quite enough ;)

Or, we can keep putting up with our “betters” telling us to ignore that man behind the curtain…

Liam1304 on January 22, 2013 at 2:12 AM

We need to have a bet on HA – who goes Dem first – Christie or Powell

gophergirl on January 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Powell is pretty much already there. A few steps ahead of Michael Steele and several behind Charlie Crist. I don’t see Christie going Dem.

TampaBayBull on January 21, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I dunno but Christie looks like he’s already swung that way from down here…but I’m from Texas

workingclass artist on January 22, 2013 at 3:35 AM

Sherriff Arpaio’s group of investigators have presented an extremely strong case that the birth certificate and other documentation are fraudulent.

Powell’s attempt to stigmatise a legitimate investigation with powerful evidence is unbecoming of someone so apparently secure in his moral high ground of absolute truth.

Instead of marginalising and stigmatising, simply conduct a properly funded investigation based on Sherriff Joe’s findings and people like me will have nothing more to say – the truth will be quite enough ;)

Or, we can keep putting up with our “betters” telling us to ignore that man behind the curtain…

Liam1304 on January 22, 2013 at 2:12 AM

It’s up for a SCOTUS conference…The phony SS#

nuthin’ might happen but that’s why Powell is fixated on it cause it’s up for a conference and for some reason they get all jittery about it…

workingclass artist on January 22, 2013 at 3:37 AM

Woo Hoo. AP found an acorn.

whatfur on January 22, 2013 at 6:49 AM

If ever you’re asked this question and your answer doesn’t involve the words “16 trillion” and “entitlements,” you’re no longer a RINO. You’re a left-leaning independent. At best.

Left-leaning independent? That’s the new euphamism for rat-bastard traitor? But, seriously, why is anybody even calling this man a RINO? He betrayed his boss as SecState. He’s endorsed the rat-eared wonder twice. He launches into minutes long complaints about birtherism and other things the Dems bring up when they want to demonize their enemies. COLIN POWELL MAY BE MANY THINGS BUT REPUBLICAN ISN’T EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE TO ONE OF THEM. The final straw was when he complained that the GOP was racist after decades of enjoying GOP support as a prominent African American. He can go to hell.

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Before his name became synonymous with “traitor,” Benedict Arnold was a great American war hero.

Prior service, no matter how stellar, is no guarantee against stupid, harmful, or even downright treasonous behavior later in life.

CJ on January 22, 2013 at 7:48 AM

I dunno but Christie looks like he’s already swung that way from down here…but I’m from Texas

workingclass artist on January 22, 2013 at 3:35 AM

My guess is that Christie figured out that slobbering over the rat-eared wonder and telling Romney’s campaign to pack sand was the moment he went over to the dark side. He called Obama on election night and gushed over the rat-eared wonder’s win. He sent Romney an e-mail the next day. That about sums up just how much of a Republican the filthy bastard really is. He is unelectable as a national candidate and he knows it as well as he knows the dollar menu at the local drive-thru.

My guess is that Christie has aspirations of either being the Dem’s pick for POTUS/Veep in a “bipartisan” gesture. Or that he wants to run as a third party candidate with much the same premise- he’s a Republican but not one of THOSE Republicans.

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

Before his name became synonymous with “traitor,” Benedict Arnold was a great American war hero.

Prior service, no matter how stellar, is no guarantee against stupid, harmful, or even downright treasonous behavior later in life.

CJ on January 22, 2013 at 7:48 AM

Benedict Arnold was a great war hero for the Continental Army. The concept of “American” in the sense you use it came later.

Colin Powell is a different kind of traitor. He first proved to be disloyal to his boss by hiding his department’s involvement in “outing” Valarie Plame until two years, two million dollars, and the freedom of Scooter Libby was unfairly compromised. Since then, he’s gone out of his way to distance himself from the GOP in all ways but the claim that he is still a Republican. IMO, the party needs fewer of those of his ilk. Republicans who think the way forward is to be just like the enemy party.

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Happy Nomad on January 22, 2013 at 7:57 AM

I don’t know why this doesn’t come up more often.

Powell and Eagleburger both allowed Scooter Libby, an innocent man, to get railroaded for the Plame thing. You’d think both conservatives and MSM libs would find this worth mentioning.

Powell is an absolute disgrace.

shinty on January 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

His Republican sugar daddies no longer able to provide him with the lifestyle to which he had become accustomed, Powell mysteriously decided to get in touch with his blackness after the coronation of the first literal black President. All else followed from his pitiful attempts to curry favor. No one told him there where no more promotions left for which to maneuver — only the court jester position.

claudius on January 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

I don’t think it is reflexive RINOism Allahpundit. I thin as Laura Ingrahm does that the WH is coordinating an effort to delegitimize the GOP. I posted before AP that you and Ed just don’t want to see anything vicious coming fro Obama and everything is some kind of oversight. IT ISN’T AN OVERSIGHT!. The plan to advance liberalism is to destroy the credibility of the GOP so they are forced to allow Obama’s agenda to pass untouched. IT ISN’T A WEIRD COINCIDENCE POWELL RESURRECTED BIRTHERISM AND THE RACE CARD on MTP. Gibbs actually answered a question once in the first term on something like taxes with “Well, the President’s opponents don’t believe he was born here”.

Wake up and smell the coffee AP, this is their tried and true method of swinging the polls, not answering difficult questions and winning elections it isn’t reflex RINOism and Powell knows darn well that there were other things he should say at an inauguration but they AREN’T going to mention ANY of the first term failures. Instead you are going to get THIS! For 4 years!

Conan on January 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM