Colin Powell manages to miss again

posted at 8:41 am on August 26, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Some of us (and I say “us” for obvious reasons) will be disappointed. Many others of you won’t be surprised in the least. But no matter which way you spin it, Colin Powell took another turn around the weekend cable shows and continued his long tradition of making sure he disappoints somebody whenever they trot him out. Of course, this is probably why the media loves to have him on. First up, he’s just not so crazy about any voter ID laws, you know?

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday predicted that Republican attempts to pass voter ID laws would “backfire” by energizing minorities to vote them out of office.

Powell took aim at efforts on the state legislature level to require that people show photo identification to vote.

“These kinds of procedures that are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote I think are going to backfire, because these people are going to come out and do what they have to to vote, and I encourage that,” Powell said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

If that wasn’t enough, rather than just sticking pins in ballot integrity, he seemed to feel that he needed a little icing on the cake, so we have this gem.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell called the jury verdict that cleared the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin “questionable” and urged President Barack Obama to speak more on issues of race during an interview that aired Sunday…

Asked about the Martin killing, Powell questioned its impact on the civil rights discourse. A Florida jury found George Zimmerman acted in self-defense and acquitted him during a criminal trial.

“I think that it will be seen as a questionable judgment on the part of the judicial system down there, but I don’t know if it will have staying power,” Powell said. “These cases come along and they blaze across the midnight sky and then after a period of time, they’re forgotten.”

That doesn’t mean Obama should keep silent, though, Powell said.

Powell is a moderate, so I don’t expect him to please the entire base on every single issue. (And he does still get a lot of things right on defense and taxes, just for two examples.) But he could put in a bit more of an effort to buck up the team a little. We’re not even that close to an election, and I don’t think he’s got a new book coming out… why go on tour now? Or if he does, why not stick to topics like Syria and Egypt? He had some worthwhile things to add on that front.

I don’t have much else to add. Just a little something to start off your Monday morning.


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How about this. Colin Powell can do what he wants. He doesn’t need, nor solicit approval from conservative bloggers who haven’t accomplished the slightest smoothest slice of what he has. Be mad.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

The other maverick

cmsinaz on August 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Move over Jesse and Al, meet the new race pimp in town the Colin.

tim c on August 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Powell is a moderate, so I don’t expect him to please the entire base on every single issue. (And he does still get a lot of things right on defense and taxes, just for two examples.) But he could put in a bit more of an effort to buck up the team a little. We’re not even that close to an election, and I don’t think he’s got a new book coming out… why go on tour now? Or if he does, why not stick to topics like Syria and Egypt? He had some worthwhile things to add on that front.

Colin Powell is a skin color-obsessed, affirmative action-pushing Obama supporter.

Your headline suggesting that he somehow “missed” is a little odd.

Powell is a traitor who is all about skin color. Let’s stop pretending like he is a Republican or any kind of ally.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Powell ended up as Hillary’a running mate.

bluegill on August 26, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Maybe Powell can go and lie to the UN so we can get in another war. Maybe he can produce a picture of a mobile food truck that is “really” a weapons lab this time. Powell is just another example of Affirmative Action destroying this country.

Flange on August 26, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Colin Powell has become a deeper voiced Al Sharpton with glasses.

bluegill on August 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Hillary/Powell 2016.

Book it.

Bat Chain Puller on August 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM

slightest smoothest slice

What the hell does that even mean? Your raging stupidity is a constant source of entertainment for me.

Alinsky on August 26, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Colin Powell can do what he wants.

Up until the time he isn’t reading from the democrat narrative machine, whereby he gets Alinsky’d to no end.

Murphy9 on August 26, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Powell endorsed Obama over McCain…. and was dishonest enough to pretend it wasn’t about race. So, this isn’t new behavior guys.
Powell was promoted into his positions of power by white, Republican men. He seemingly has not forgiven them for that. You think Obama even answers this guy’s phone calls?
I heard Powell address a conference I attended a few years back. He’s an arrogant man. I’m sure he was once a fine military man. Now? Arrogant and bitter. Oh, yeah… an adulterer as well.

Sugar Land on August 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Colin is just trying to make up for his guilt. His opportunities in life came from his hard work and conservative politicians who rewarded his hard work with promotions and even more opportunities. And now he realizes he owes his achievements in life to what he considers the enemy. No discussion on crime in general, just hitting the talking points of Sharpton or Jesse. He’s no better than they are. He isn’t interested in a conversation on race.

JeffinOrlando on August 26, 2013 at 8:54 AM

While I wouldn’t go so far as to call Powell a traitor, I also wouldn’t go so far as to call him a moderate. At least not a moderate Republican. If anything, he is a moderate-ish Liberal.

I live in NC and don’t really like the fact that former General Ass-Hat wants to come down here and tell me that voter ID laws are racist. Given the fact that a GOP candidate just went to jail for a year for voter fraud and that at least one democrat went to jail for five years for voter fraud, it seems to me that some sort of voter ID laws are required to ensure the political process is correct.

As for Trayvon Martin, why haven’t we heard Gen. Race-baiter, the other Race Pimps or our White Black president talking about what happened in Oklahoma or the jogger in DC allegedly beat up in relation to Martin?

So, please. Spare me. Powell pulled the curtain on his true political beliefs a long time ago and they aren’t conservative. The only beliefs he now holds true are self-serving. The next time there is a strong conservative surge, he’ll try to position himself to be out front of that too.

OrbeaRider66 on August 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Powell is a moderate…

Maybe in North Korea he’s a moderate, but this isn’t North Korea.

NotCoach on August 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Powell is a moderate

Yeah right. And I can leap tall buildings in a single bound. One of these days, you’ll see things more clearly, Jazz. You’re getting there slowly.

Powell is a racist liberal who wears a label of Republican so that he can get on news shows. Period.

beatcanvas on August 26, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Oh, I just commented up in the headlines, too. I listened to the audio of this interview on the radio and, after about five minutes, had to turn it off. He infuriated me so much. People at the top of our government are pushing this racial/racist divide. The media and professional leftist are very fond of projecting supposed “dog whistles” onto the right, yet the left is blowing bullhorns and blaring sirens and the right is silent. The young punks are hearing the signals loud and clear, and believe that hunting season has begun.

Fallon on August 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Look at the man’s Surname….he’s literally full of Sh*t.

ToddPA on August 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

But he could put in a bit more of an effort to buck up the team a little.

Which damn team are you on? Just about all of us around here gave up on Powell years ago. He can go buck himself, I don’t care what the shiite for brains has to say about anything.

NotCoach on August 26, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Powell, like Obama, is just another race-obsessed fool who owes his career to affirmat*ve act*on social promotions.

Powell, like Obama, never met a leftist racial meme he wasn’t willing to embrace, without question.

Powell, like Obama, should just slither back into whatever hole he crawled out of.

AZCoyote on August 26, 2013 at 8:59 AM

What a sad lackey Powell has become. A parrot can do the same thing … repeat the lies of the left. I wonder what democrats have on him to make him lie so readily.

darwin on August 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Colin Powell……..media whore.

They trot him out (or he trots himself out) to criticize the republicans (mostly limited government Conservatives).

He does his pole dance for the media and they put a few bills in his thong and then he dances away as the reporters/journalists wait for their next “republican” to come out and do their dance (McCain/Graham/Corker/Coburn/Nicole Wallace/Steve Schmidt or the consultants of the gop).

#stripperforthehowlingmedia

PappyD61 on August 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

I have always said that the day Norman Schwarzkopf became a celebrity in the Gulf War – Colin Powell became a lost soul.

The attention he thought he would get – never came – and it wrecked him.

jake-the-goose on August 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Perhaps he and McCain could share a room in the rest home. Go away Powell, you no longer stand for anything.

rplat on August 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

They trot him out (or he trots himself out) to criticize the republicans (mostly limited government Conservatives).

PappyD61 on August 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Democrats use Powell like they use blacks. They let him out of his box when they need to gin up some righteous outrage and when they’re done with him (and them) they shove them back in their boxes and ignore them.

darwin on August 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

“Colin Powell? We doan need no stinkin’ Colin Powell.”

I can’t believe the media still trots out Powell as a Republican. When you vote twice for Barack Hussein Obama, you are not a Republican. Heck, I not even a Republican. . . I’m a conservative who holds his nose and votes Republican. Powell, McCain, Graham, Gergen, all fifth columnists the press loves to use in a vain attempt to shame Conservative Republicans. Sorry, nancy boys but that dog won’t hunt.

SpiderMike on August 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

How about this. Colin Powell can do what he wants. He doesn’t need, nor solicit approval from conservative bloggers who haven’t accomplished the slightest smoothest slice of what he has. Be mad.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

I don’t think any of us have said he’s not allowed to say or think what he wants. But we also have the right to ignore him or call him out for being only two steps away from becoming a race hustler like Sharpton or Jackson. If it wasn’t for what he’s accomplished and his service for his country, I’d already place him in that category.

Doughboy on August 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM

You guys are right. A black man can’t possibly disagree with you unless he is traitorous, race-obsessed, media whore lackey. No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Colin Powell was Secretary of State for George Bush. He’s been trying to make it up to Democrats ever since. He wouldn’t have any black cred if he didn’t stand by Obama, no matter what. He’s exactly like every weak kneed Republican I remember, except with a tan the media likes to front. It’s like, if they can get Powell to attack Republicans, they can say, “He really wasn’t a Republican and really doesn’t agree with what they say, so black people can look up to him now.”

bflat879 on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Hey colon, go away. You no longer represent our side. When you voted for the traitor you sided with the traitor and all his race baiting buddies. You are not helping the black people stuck on the government plantation.

crosshugger on August 26, 2013 at 9:06 AM

So, Colon is a moderate, what makes you think that?

RoyalFlush on August 26, 2013 at 9:07 AM

How about this. Colin Powell can do what he wants. He doesn’t need, nor solicit approval from conservative bloggers who haven’t accomplished the slightest smoothest slice of what he has. Be mad.
libfreeordie on August 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

How about this. You can now stfu and stop posting ever again. We can do what we want ad we don’t have to solicit approval or listen to your uninformed self-gratifying posts from you who haven’t accomplished the slightest smoothest slice of anything we have. Be mad but you have forfeited your right to an opinion.

Be mad.

Skywise on August 26, 2013 at 9:08 AM

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Yet, we disagree with you or other liberals and we are immediately labeled “RACIST”.
And for that I reference anyone on MSNBC.

Jabberwock on August 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

You guys are right. A black man can’t possibly disagree with you unless he is traitorous, race-obsessed, media whore lackey. No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

But enough about urban elitist’s ranting about Allen West…

The_Livewire on August 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

You guys are right. A black man can’t possibly disagree with you unless he is traitorous, race-obsessed, media whore lackey. No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.

view from the bath house on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Murphy9 on August 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Powell is a moderate, so I don’t expect him to please the entire base on every single issue.

What about Powell’s positions on voter ID is moderate?

aryeung on August 26, 2013 at 9:11 AM

When did the word ‘Moderate’ come to mean having moronic opinions on issues?

Colin, please provide some of your infinite Moderate wisdom on those other cases of violence… maybe one of those Black on White crimes.

Ukiah on August 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

You guys are right. A black man can’t possibly disagree with you unless he is traitorous, race-obsessed, media whore lackey. No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Odd his “disagreement” reflects the current liberal talking points which are … unless you agree with us you’re racist.

darwin on August 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM

libfreeordie on August 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

119.5 hours. You taking a break from your research?

NotCoach on August 26, 2013 at 9:14 AM

You guys are right. A black man can’t possibly disagree with you unless he is traitorous, race-obsessed, media whore lackey. No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I don’t care if he disagrees with me. What bothers me is that he disagrees with Colin Powell circa 1996 when he was being floated about as potential GOP Presidential candidate. He used to a fiscal conservative for the most part. But to justify his support for Obama and deny it’s solely based on race, he’s now out there claiming a majority of Americans want big government and singing the praises of the progressive agenda.

Doughboy on August 26, 2013 at 9:14 AM

I continue to be unsurprised by these fools that “speak from color”.

I’m also respectful of and thankful for those that don’t. The media whores will always have their johns in the MSM; the real moderates and the conservatives will continue to be ignored.

SteveInRTP on August 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

You guys are right. A black man can’t possibly disagree with you unless he is traitorous, race-obsessed, media whore lackey. No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

You guys love to project, don’t you?

NotCoach on August 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

You guys are right. A black man can’t possibly disagree with you unless he is traitorous, race-obsessed, media whore lackey. No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.
urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Golly you’re so insightful… It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s espousing socialist ideology and not conservative ideals as he claimed to be…

It’s just the color of his skin that you defend… Or is it?

Are you racist for disagreeing with Clarence Thomas?

Skywise on August 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

I’m starting to think the only reason Powell keeps the R next to his name is to keep his opinions in the limelight.

His comments yesterday wouldn’t be getting half as much attention coming from a Dem.

lynncgb on August 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday predicted that Republican attempts to pass voter ID laws would “backfire” by energizing minorities to vote them out of office.

Umm, how could they do this if the voter id laws suppressed their voting?

SouthernRoots on August 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

I’m starting to think the only reason Powell keeps the R next to his name is to keep his opinions in the limelight.

His comments yesterday wouldn’t be getting half as much attention coming from a Dem.

lynncgb on August 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

I can’t read the mind of Colin Powell, but that’s exactly how he’s being used by the media. They trot him out there just like they do with morons like Steve Schmidt and Miss Piggy(aka Meghan McCain) who claim to be Republicans for the sole purpose of trashing their own party and spouting talking points that sound like they came from the DNC.

Doughboy on August 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM

This is really nothing new. General Colon Bowel Movement marked his territory with yet another sticky brown deposit. Like Obama, this guy really has no credentials except the ability to ride the Affirmative Action Gravy Train where ‘poor’ performance is standard and ‘substandard’ performance is exemplary. Like Muslims, these two con-artists managed to game the system but, in one aspect, Powell is far worse than the Community Organizer. Obama never kept secret his socialist (perhaps even Marxist) bent whereas, treacherously, Powell, for years, profited under the false flag of conservatism.

MaiDee on August 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM

How about this. Colin Powell can do what he wants. He doesn’t need, nor solicit approval from conservative bloggers who haven’t accomplished the slightest smoothest slice of what he has. Be mad.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

So, we’re not allowed to say anything about him or his comments? Is it because he’s black, LFoD? Or is it because he’s a liberal?

Quite simply, we “bash” him because he isn’t a conservative and never has been, despite his own claims to the contrary. He’s a standard mushy Republican. And, despite all the commendation he attracted because of the Gulf War, he wasn’t a great officer or general, either. Quite simply, he’s not all he’s made out to be.

GWB on August 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM

But to justify his support for Obama and deny it’s solely based on race, he’s now out there claiming a majority of Americans want big government and singing the praises of the progressive agenda.

Doughboy on August 26, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Yup; you nailed it. Race trumps logic with these fools every time.

SteveInRTP on August 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Powell is a moderate, so I don’t expect him to please the entire base on every single issue. (And he does still get a lot of things right on defense and taxes, just for two examples.) But he could put in a bit more of an effort to buck up the team a little. We’re not even that close to an election, and I don’t think he’s got a new book coming out… why go on tour now? Or if he does, why not stick to topics like Syria and Egypt? He had some worthwhile things to add on that front.

None of these words ever needed to be typed out in this particular order. It is just mindless gibberish. “Moderate” like “fair” is a useless word that means absolutely nothing.

Murphy9 on August 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

So I guess getting a drivers license, or a passport also limits minorities…or joining the military and having to show your I.D.

“These kinds of procedures that are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote I think are going to backfire, because these people are going to come out and do what they have to to vote, and I encourage that,” Powell said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

right2bright on August 26, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Yet, we disagree with you or other liberals and we are immediately labeled “RACIST”.
And for that I reference anyone on MSNBC.

Jabberwock on August 26, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Given that a huge percentage of the responses in this thread are explicitly and reprehensibly racist, I think you need to wear that shoe.

It’s not the disagreement with Powell. it’s linnes like this:

He wouldn’t have any black cred if he didn’t stand by Obama, no matter what. He’s exactly like every weak kneed Republican I remember, except with a tan the media likes to front

r call him out for being only two steps away from becoming a race hustler like Sharpton or Jackson

Powell was promoted into his positions of power by white, Republican men. He seemingly has not forgiven them for that.

Powell, like Obama, is just another race-obsessed fool who owes his career to affirmat*ve act*on social promotions.

It’s actually pretty illuminating. And sad.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

It is curious… What republican positions does he support? Strong Military? Fiscal conservatism?

Skywise on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Colin Powell – The ‘New Jimmy Carter’.

Tsar of Earth on August 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

It is curious… What republican positions does he support? Strong Military? Fiscal conservatism?

Skywise on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Amnesty.

NotCoach on August 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

It is curious… What republican positions does he support? Strong Military? Fiscal conservatism?

Skywise on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

I’d love to hear him pressed on that just once. He’s long been in favor of affirmative action if I’m not mistaken. And correct me if I’m wrong, but I think he’s pro-choice. And obviously one has to assume he’s in agreement with Obama on at least most of what he’s done as President since he voted for him again in 2012.

Doughboy on August 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

People who question the Zimmerman verdict are either completely ignorant about the facts of the case. Or are racists. I assume Powell falls into the second category.

Basilsbest on August 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Powell is passé, find someone that counts.

JAYTBMF on August 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Let’s be honest. Colin Powell became a star largely because he’s black.

We all respected him and felt inspired by the man.

Turns out Colin Powell is a race card-playing, race-baiting liberal.

But, hey, he loves the attention he gets from being touted by the left-wing press as a “republican” who says conservatives are racist.

Sorry, I have no respect for this Obama-voting, skin color-obsessed disappointment.

bluegill on August 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Really ?
Does participating in this forum make me a racist ?

Nice “broadbrush” there.
You’ll go far with that argument.

Jabberwock on August 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Colin Powell – The ‘New Jimmy Carter’.

Tsar of Earth on August 26, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Ouch. But, even Carter is for voter ID.

Commission (chaired by former President Jimmy Carter) statement: “Voter ID laws should be promoted because it will enfranchise black voters.” not disenfranchise.

http://www.humanevents.com/2011/11/16/jimmy-carter-an-ally-on-the-left-in-voter-id-crusade/

Fallon on August 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Colin Powell is obviously BLACK UBER ALLES.

He’s not a “moderate” so much as he is ignorant of the facts about Voter ID–to wit, Voter ID laws result in MORE MINORITIES VOTING.

And, the FACTS about the Trayvon Martin killing prove that George Zimmerman acted in SELF-DEFENSE after being attacked and assaulted by Trayvon Martin. The FACTS also show that there was NO EVIDENCE whatsoever that race was involved; in fact, Zimmerman is Hispanic with black heritage. What is the RACE factor here? Was Zimmerman a “self-hating” minority so he wanted to kill the part of himself that is black? You’ve got to be delusional to think that Zimmerman–a man who mentored black kids and stood up for minority rights and the rights of a homeless man–targeted Trayvon Martin on the basis of race. And, Trayvon Martin was a Gangsta Wannabe Thug–by his own words on Twitter.

Give me a break. There is NOTHING in Colin Powell’s own mind except RACISM against White people. THAT IS NOT MODERATE, AP.

mountainaires on August 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I can’t read the mind of Colin Powell, but that’s exactly how he’s being used by the media. They trot him out there just like they do with morons like Steve Schmidt and Miss Piggy(aka Meghan McCain) who claim to be Republicans for the sole purpose of trashing their own party and spouting talking points that sound like they came from the DNC.

Doughboy on August 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Yep. I could have more respect if he would just ‘go Crist’ and be done with it. After all this time, he’s just starting to seem more and more dishonest.

lynncgb on August 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Conservatives supported Colin Powell. Now he says conservatives are racist. Remember his “dark strain of intolerance” baloney?

He’s as big a disappointment as Marco Rubio.

Funny thing, both of them became “stars” because of their race.

We gotta stop holding up certain Republicans in particular just because they’re not white. That’s the sort of thing race-obsessed Democrats do. We ought to quit acting like it is a “plus” that someone isn’t white.

bluegill on August 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Powell is passé, find someone that counts.

JAYTBMF on August 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

In this day and age It’s hard to find someone who can count, much less make change.

Oldnuke on August 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Another really bad article by Jazz Shaw. His entire premise is wrong about Powell. He is not and never has been a moderate. He is not and never has been a Republican. He may have claimed to be one to make life easier under the Bushes for his nomination but he was never a Repub. If it had not been for Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf he and GWHB would have looked like a couple of amateurs in the first Gulf war. When he went for Obama over McCain he showed his true color and by that I mean skin color. Anyone with half a brain could tell that Obama had zero experience or depth of knowledge about anything except for running for office yet the “General” saw a true leader under the diaper. Like more and more of our Black brethren he is finally showing where his heart and loyalties lie by siding on almost any issue with the radical Black leftists.

inspectorudy on August 26, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Did Powell turn into a snake, or has he always been a snake?

petefrt on August 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Should have said, Jazz, not AP. I’m so used to disagreeing with AP, it’s just habit by now.

mountainaires on August 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

mountainaires on August 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

You’ll go far with that argument.

Jabberwock on August 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Not far enough in my opinion..I can still see (figuratively) him/her/it.

Oldnuke on August 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday predicted that Republican attempts to pass voter ID laws would “backfire” by energizing minorities to vote them out of office.

That’s assuming that the voter ID laws are somehow aimed against minorities, which they are not.

Also, if this is true – why are they so outrageously outraged? Can’t have it both ways. Voter ID laws cannot both completely disenfranchise every single minority AND lead to massive minority voter turn-out

Of course, Powell has never been very bright.

Monkeytoe on August 26, 2013 at 9:40 AM

And, the FACTS about the Trayvon Martin killing prove that George Zimmerman acted in SELF-DEFENSE after being attacked and assaulted by Trayvon Martin. The FACTS also show that there was NO EVIDENCE whatsoever that race was involved; in fact, Zimmerman is Hispanic with black heritage. What is the RACE factor here? Was Zimmerman a “self-hating” minority so he wanted to kill the part of himself that is black? You’ve got to be delusional to think that Zimmerman–a man who mentored black kids and stood up for minority rights and the rights of a homeless man–targeted Trayvon Martin on the basis of race. And, Trayvon Martin was a Gangsta Wannabe Thug–by his own words on Twitter.

Give me a break. There is NOTHING in Colin Powell’s own mind except RACISM against White people. THAT IS NOT MODERATE, AP.

mountainaires on August 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I think we should applaud Powell’s efforts. What he is proving is that the FUBU mentality of blacks will lump hispanics with whites when push comes to shove.

It’s a thing of beauty.

WryTrvllr on August 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

“These kinds of procedures that are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote I think are going to backfire, because these people are going to come out and do what they have to to vote, and I encourage that,” Powell said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Powell just called the Republican Party racist, and encouraged minorities to vote Republicans out of office. The genie is out of the bottle – let’s just stop pretending that Powell is part of the “team”.

Mr. Arkadin on August 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

“These kinds of procedures that are being put in place to slow the process down and make it likely that fewer Hispanics and African Americans might vote I think are going to backfire”

I always love how the analysis begins with the presumtion out of hand that these are the specific reasons these policies are put into place. Talk about tipping your hand.

He doesn’t need, nor solicit approval from conservative bloggers who haven’t accomplished the slightest smoothest slice of what he has.

libfreeordie on August 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Now, apparently, the expression of disapproval suggests that somehow the person is demanding worthy actions of the other. As if other posts disapproving of e.g. Pelosi or DWS should also be an indicator that the point of this blog is to get the attention of these people for the purpose of demanding they do everything the author desires. Since that’s the only reason to publish an opinion about anything.

Here’s the thing, though, Mr. Voting Demographics Never Change Over Time: if he’s not soliciting the approval of blogs such as this, chances are he’s not checking these responses against his appearances, either. Meaning that posting such responses do him no harm whatsoever.

It also means that he has no need of the likes of you to coming riding in to defend his honor.

A black man can’t possibly disagree with you unless he is traitorous, race-obsessed, media whore lackey. No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I think you need to take a moment to explore the notion of whether or not something needs to be true in all cases in order to be true in one named case. Plus, for your claim to be true, this sort of charge would have to be leveled against EVERY black Democrat or progressive, and NEVER against whites even if Democrat or progressive. I think you will find neither condition holds true.

The other reason I lump this in is that I find it interesting how quickly military service becomes honored and cherished when the progs find someone among the brass who will go to bat for them on any issue.

And speaking of baseless claims:

Given that a huge percentage of the responses in this thread are explicitly and reprehensibly racist, I think you need to wear that shoe.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

It seems when one wants to go looking for racists, he’ll find one under every rock and tree. Mr. Honest Difference of Opinion suddenly wants to attribute every comment critical of Powell as being driven by the color of his skin rather than his words and actions.

The Schaef on August 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

And yet, conservatives aren’t the ones who see issues through a lens of skin color. Your racism isn’t appreciated here.

dominigan on August 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Powell is a moderate, so I don’t expect him to please the entire base on every single issue. (And he does still get a lot of things right on defense and taxes, just for two examples.) But he could put in a bit more of an effort to buck up the team a little. We’re not even that close to an election, and I don’t think he’s got a new book coming out… why go on tour now? Or if he does, why not stick to topics like Syria and Egypt? He had some worthwhile things to add on that front.

Why do some of you still believe that Powell is a republican? He is not. He may be registered as such and may use the republican party for his own aggrandizement, but he is a democrat through and through.

He purposefully keeps from coming off as far-left liberal, but I’m not certain he is not a far-left liberal.

It has never been clear to me why people think so highly of him? What are his real achievements? His one “achievement” was stopping the first Iraq war before the Revolutionary Guard was destroyed.

His second “great achievement” was coining the policy “you break it, you bought it” form of military use – meaning we have to nation build if we use any military force.

His third “achievement” was heading a state department at war with the Bush administration and being complicit in the “plame leak” that led to an innocent man being prosecuted.

Finally, if you read anything about his military career and background, he is hardly an honest or honorable man. My understanding from people who served with him is that he was an ass-kissing, back-stabbing, climbing, self-aggrandizing officer who was never liked or respected by his men or his colleagues.

Monkeytoe on August 26, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Look at the man’s Surname….he’s literally full of Sh*t.

ToddPA on August 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

That would be the other name.

No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

I mostly see people bashing him because those opinions he has pronounced for the last decade and a half are not conservative (nor historically Republican), despite his claims to the contrary.

I’m starting to think the only reason Powell keeps the R next to his name is to keep his opinions in the limelight.

lynncgb on August 26, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Bingo.

GWB on August 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

MANY years ago I liked Powell-but not anymore. He’s become nothing more than your typical ‘minority’ liberal who puts his color before his country.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 26, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Conservatives supported Colin Powell. Now he says conservatives are racist. Remember his “dark strain of intolerance” baloney?

He’s as big a disappointment as Marco Rubio.

Funny thing, both of them became “stars” because of their race.

We gotta stop holding up certain Republicans in particular just because they’re not white. That’s the sort of thing race-obsessed Democrats do. We ought to quit acting like it is a “plus” that someone isn’t white.

bluegill on August 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

That’s the second time this morning you’ve nailed it, bluegill.

Republicans ought to start defending their conservative philosophy and telling voters why it is better than progressivism/socialism. Pandering on race is pathetic; it’s nothing but a race to the bottom.

Colin Powell is NOT a Republican. Period. He is a liberal; whatever he may have called himself in the past in order to get by and be successful in a conservative military environment is irrelevant, by the standard of his own rhetoric.

Now that he’s free to speak his mind, it is OBVIOUS that he is a liberal. It’s becoming increasingly clear that he is also a racist following the same racist narrative that all liberals use–a narrative that makes a lie of his own life experience.

mountainaires on August 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

It’s actually pretty illuminating. And sad.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

As long as affirmative action and the idea of hiring or promoting people for “diversity” rather than merit exists, many people will assume (and be right in many instances) that certain individuals attained their position based on affirmative action.

If you don’t want that assumption, get rid of the program and policy of promoting people based on color/ethnicity rather than ability.

Otherwise, it is actually true in many circumstances that affirmative action led to a particular person’s achievement rather than true merit.

As far as some of the other quotes you cite as “racist” – how is calling Sharpton or Jackson a race hustler “racist”? That is what they are? Sharpton is a disgusting, self-aggrandizing, dishonest person who uses race to further his own ends, often not bothering with any facts. He has incited murder, ruined good men’s lives based on lies, and is a complete and utter race-hustler. Jackson, while not as bad as Sharpton, is in the same game.

Monkeytoe on August 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

I seem to vaguely remember someone named Colin Powell from quite a few years ago who was involved in a war, maybe in the Middle East. Is this the same guy?

NOMOBO on August 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

I think we should applaud Powell’s efforts. What he is proving is that the FUBU mentality of blacks will lump hispanics with whites when push comes to shove.

It’s a thing of beauty.

WryTrvllr on August 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I disagree; t’s an ugly thing, not a thing of beauty at all. Words have meaning; Powell’s words are racist. Why would anyone applaud a racist lie?

mountainaires on August 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

It seems when one wants to go looking for racists, he’ll find one under every rock and tree. Mr. Honest Difference of Opinion suddenly wants to attribute every comment critical of Powell as being driven by the color of his skin rather than his words and actions.

The Schaef on August 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Hear, hear. Unless he now wants to define racism as the mere mention of race (by “the other side” of course), Mr./Mrs. Elitist is completely wrong in ascribing racism to any of the comments listed. But as we conservatives long ago discerned, the great conversation on race is predicated on exactly that condition.

KGB on August 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Given that a huge percentage of the responses in this thread are explicitly and reprehensibly racist,

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

My, my. Painting with such a broad brush, oh Prince of Tolerance.

It’s not the disagreement with Powell. it’s linnes like this:
[SNIP]
It’s actually pretty illuminating. And sad.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Given the bolded part above, you then quote exactly … FOUR comments. Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

GWB on August 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Yes, because liberals never tarnish the reputation of someone who served their country.

Regardless, he’s allowed to have his opinions, and we are allowed to refute and ridicule those opinions.

this is nothing more than the usual leftist attempt to “cite to authority”. We aren’t allowed to debate his opinion because he has some kind of moral authority like Cindy Sheehan (who was conveniently dumped by the left once a democrat was in the WH).

Please. Such silliness.

Monkeytoe on August 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

I’m not disappoint in Powell, wouldn’t expect anything less of him. I am disappointed in people in television land who think I give a flying flip about anything he says.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

But he could put in a bit more of an effort to buck up the team a little.

He’s not on our team.
He’s not like us.
He’s one of them.
He’s a Democrat.

steebo77 on August 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

steebo77 on August 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

THIS^^^

annoyinglittletwerp on August 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

No when his opinions are considered and showcased as more important than mine or anyone else in the country.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I disagree; t’s an ugly thing, not a thing of beauty at all. Words have meaning; Powell’s words are racist. Why would anyone applaud a racist lie?

mountainaires on August 26, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Granted, it is ugly. The truth often is. And Powell is displaying the greater truth here.

Zimmerman IS the embodiment, literally and figuratively, of a society where one is “judged by content of character”. He is a product of interracial marriage.

They want him sacrificed for shooting a man who was pummeling him.

Alienating the hispanic vote is EXACTLY why O’bozo is saying nothing.

WryTrvllr on August 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

No honest differences of opinion allowed from somebody who served their country in uniform and high office for more than 30 years.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Yes, because liberals never tarnish the reputation of someone who served their country.

Regardless, he’s allowed to have his opinions, and we are allowed to refute and ridicule those opinions.

this is nothing more than the usual leftist attempt to “cite to authority”. We aren’t allowed to debate his opinion because he has some kind of moral authority like Cindy Sheehan (who was conveniently dumped by the left once a democrat was in the WH).

Please. Such silliness.

Monkeytoe on August 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Urban fascist and slavenowandie were whistling a different tune ten years ago, bank on it. Gas-chamber, gulag and slavery-loving filth like them know nothing but lock-step hatred for genuine “differences of opinion.”

ebrown2 on August 26, 2013 at 10:04 AM

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

What’s actually pretty sad is the fact that clear racism on the part of blacks against whites–by Obama, Powell, Sharpton, Jackson, and their liberal minions in the media–is ignored by those who push a narrative that the only people who can be racist are whites.

Black people are racists. Use of the perjorative runs rampant in the black community when referring to whites. Terms like cracka, woods, and other epithets are routine appearing on Twitter and FB and other social media. Rhetoric like Powell used to denigrate and smear are routinely used on social media and their minions’ media venues.

The drumbeat of racism against white people has grown into a deafening roar; these black people and their supporters in liberalism routinely threaten to kill white people PUBLICLY. Mitt Romney, George Zimmerman, ANYONE who dares to defy their racist shrieks, is subjected to swarms of hatred and violence. And not one of you complain or even speak out against it. You tacitly and even overtly support it.

You think it’s okay for blacks to be racist. You’re neither offended by it or cognizant of it. You “disappear it” from your mind. You’re a hypocrite, living in a delusion. If you really hated racism, you’d hate all forms of it, not just those that are convenient to your own ideology. Liberalism is rank hypocrisy and lies.

mountainaires on August 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Not when his opinions are considered and showcased as more important than mine or anyone else in the country.

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Cindy Munford on August 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Powell has outed himself as a racist recently.

TX-96 on August 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Granted, it is ugly. The truth often is. And Powell is displaying the greater truth here.

Zimmerman IS the embodiment, literally and figuratively, of a society where one is “judged by content of character”. He is a product of interracial marriage.

They want him sacrificed for shooting a man who was pummeling him.

Alienating the hispanic vote is EXACTLY why O’bozo is saying nothing.

WryTrvllr on August 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Exactly. The grotesquely Orwellian racism of our fascist trolls is echoed by Martin Luther King III’s explicit repudiation of his father’s moral inheritance in supporting a thug-wannabe’s attempted murder of another minority group member.

ebrown2 on August 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Powell is a moderate, so I don’t expect him to please the entire base on every single issue.

A “moderate” does not endorse and vote for the most left-wing US President in history, twice.

Once maybe, in 2008, for a variety of reasons. But not twice.

But he could put in a bit more of an effort to buck up the team a little.

Which team?

No one who voted for and endorsed Comrade O in both 2008 and 2012 can legitimately call themselves a Republican.

Powell can call himself whatever he likes, but no one is required to believe him or take his claim seriously.

farsighted on August 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Given that a huge percentage of the responses in this thread are explicitly and reprehensibly racist, I think you need to wear that shoe.

urban elitist on August 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Stop lying. Calling Powell out for what he’s doing isn’t racist. However, Powell drumming up fear against whites and the GOP is.

darwin on August 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

I’ll put this in intellectual terms, not political terms because the use of personal descriptions such as “moderate” are nothing but camouflage for the underlying dishonesty.

The media elevates Colin Powell because like them, he is self-absorbed, divisive and contra factual in his musings. His observations are really personal editorials with no basis in truth and no substantiation in actual events. They are not the result of wise leadership or careful articulations which are measured in order to foster better outcomes. On the contrary, they are meant to divide, dissent and generally cause havoc due to their capricious nature.

Colin Powell is not a leader or elder statesman who has garnered wisdom during his lifetime that he wishes to share. He’s a foil for liberals who seek political divisiveness and promotion of the fallacy that anyone not agreeing with their worldview is an extremist.

Powell is their favorite useful idiot, whom they trot out like an elephant at the circus so people can watch him perform on queue. His platitudes are worn, predictable and ultimately despicable rhetoric borne of bitterness, conceit and a personal desire to be relevant at any cost.

What a sad, lonely and pathetic existence that must be.

Marcus Traianus on August 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM

You think it’s okay for blacks to be racist. You’re neither offended by it or cognizant of it. You “disappear it” from your mind. You’re a hypocrite, living in a delusion. If you really hated racism, you’d hate all forms of it, not just those that are convenient to your own ideology. Liberalism is rank hypocrisy and lies.

mountainaires on August 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Collectivism is, especially when it steals the rhetoric of individual liberty to promote mass violence and slavery.

ebrown2 on August 26, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Friggin’ race baiting trolls.

farsighted on August 26, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Using Colin’s Pottery Barn Rule, when he finally breaks into a million pieces, I hope Alma buys him with a rubber cheque.

LOSER.

Resist We Much on August 26, 2013 at 10:14 AM

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