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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No one over the age of 25 should be surprised at anything this man says. He has always been a squish but in times of war it was overlooked because he was military. Now he’s free to race pander all he wants.

katiejane on August 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Just for you, gnatty verbie.
 
Plus, it’s a matter of the law…
 
Schadenfreude on August 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

 
A gnat of an example – as will be any/all you find.
Please don’t try an argue that there is significant abuse at all.
Even monkeytoe ‘doubts it rises to the level of 1%’.
And that’s an extreme overreach of an estimate.
 
verbaluce on August 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

 
—–
 

Firearm homicides
 
Number of deaths: 11,493
Deaths per 100,000 population: 3.7
 
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htm

 
11,500 homicides + 80,000 injuries / 314,000,000 U.S. population = 0.00029
 
Then multiply by 100 to get the percentage…
 
0.00029 * 100 = 0.029
 
0.029%
 
Let’s even round up. That gives us 0.03%
 
3/100 of 1%
 
Three one hundredths of one percent.
 

World’s a dangerous place.
 
CurtZHP on February 19, 2013 at 12:46 PM

 
Indeed.
But infinitely more dangerous with a gun around.
To dismiss that reality, you’d need to ignore facts…as well as just plain common sense.
So…I can expect many here to dismiss that reality.
 
verbaluce on February 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM

 
You were saying something about “significant abuse” and “doubts it rises to the level of 1%”, right?
 
You get to establish an actual position now.
 
Which is it, verbaluce? Are teensy little numbers something to be concerned about or not?

rogerb on August 26, 2013 at 6:57 PM

What the heck is this guy’s deal, anyway?
Isn’t there some way the Republican Party can purge him?

dverplank on August 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Nope, we have an open party system here in the U.S. Anyone can claim to be a member of either the Democrats (the Westboro Baptist Church jackanapes) or the Republicans (David Duke is the classic example) and they can’t be “thrown out.” This is not the case in a parliamentary system like Great Britain where the party organization controls the member list, as George Galloway found out during the Iraq war.

ebrown2 on August 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Powell could best be used as a leader of the NAACP. He and Sheila Jackson Lee could stir the pot together.

mobydutch on August 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Powell is a political scumbag of the worst kind, and the perfect indicator of what is wrong with the officer corps of the US military today.

THIS guy makes men: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ICfpjoevP8

Powell just makes excuses. typical professional victim

(The clip is not safe for anything. But then again… neither is war.)

a5minmajor on August 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Empty uniform.

fitzfong on August 26, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Anyone who is against voter id knows there is fraud going on, and they desperately want it to continue.

xblade on August 26, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Bears repeating. Repeatedly.

S. D. on August 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM

“Questionable”. What a Powelly word to use. He didn’t say bad, but he didn’t say good either. He just sits perched upon a fence with balance that Nadia Comanci would envy.

Reggie1971 on August 26, 2013 at 10:27 PM

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

Seems to me you can’t look past the color of his skin.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 27, 2013 at 1:02 AM

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

Hey jazz, do you even live in America? Powell has been a staunch supporter of the democrat party and it’s policies for years. Just because the dishonorable affirmative action “perfumed prince of the Pentagon” (as he was known to the real generals) calls himself a republican doesn’t mean he is a republican. He is a two time supporter of the most fascist, corrupt president this country has ever known. He only registered as a republican because idiots like McCain were talking him up for vice-president. He never got close to accepting because his wife has a red hot hatred of the republicans. Let me throw in also despite your unsubstantiated “he does still get a lot of things right on defense” he talked Bush 1 into backing off when Schwartzkopf was annilating the Iraqi army and heading up the highway to Baghdad where saddams miserable life would have ended in 1991. So it can be argued that mister strong on defense has the blood of 9/11 and the afghan and Iraq wars on his hands. Dude, how can you be so consistently wrong?

peacenprosperity on August 27, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Monkeytoe on August 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM

.
Where is all the ID fraud?
There just isn’t any. But leave IDs aside for a sec –
why (as in the recent North Carolina law) did advocates feel necessary to cut the number of early voting days by a week?
56 percent of North Carolinians voted early in 2012.
They have also eliminated same-day voter registration, even though 96,000 people used it during the general election in 2012. African-Americans are 23 percent of registered voters in the state, but made up 28 percent of early voters in 2012, and 33 percent of those who used same-day registration.
You can’t with a straight face call this anything other than a voter suppression effort.

verbaluce on August 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

.
I’ve got a “straight face”, and with said face I’m saying voter ID only restricts invalid voting … period.

I may agree with you on the ‘cutting back’ of the number of days for early voting, as I don’t see the rationale for it, but I’d like more details about it.

listens2glenn on August 27, 2013 at 1:51 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.

Fallon on August 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

We all get the feeling that the gov thinks we’re all stupid sheeple (they wish). Carter is constantly commenting on issues far and wide, educating the masses. And so is Powell. And it blurs from educating to incitement.

Here was my point: What makes these people think I need their opinions to form my own(?) Tell them to get with the new paradigm: I will synthesis my opinions from many sources, combined with my own life experience – for better or worse. My opinion is not simply a stipulation based on a sound-bite assertions by talking-heads – especially those that have a proven record of poor judgement.

Tsar of Earth on August 27, 2013 at 7:59 AM

NEW HAVEN- Police arrested a 35-year-old (black)New Haven man on gun charges among others after an allegedly unprovoked attack on a 71-year-old (white) man.

…………

…the elder New Haven man was eating a hamburger in the Goffe Street Park following a Toni Harp mayoral campaign-sponsored event that afternoon when he was approached by the 35-year-old. Police say DelaPaz told the elder white male that he shouldn’t be “in his park where young black kids are playing”. When the man refused an order

………….

Upon police arriving at the scene at around 3:40 p.m., DelaPaz fled the scene on foot. When he was apprehended, police say he resisted and injured the leg of a responding officer. After being detained, police found a Sig Sauger P239 handgun, a set of brass knuckles and a voter registration card in DelaPaz’s bookbag. DelaPaz gave multiple false names before his identity was determined. Police say DelaPaz is a convicted felon.

Nothing to see here, move along

M240H on August 27, 2013 at 10:16 AM

peacenprosperity on August 27, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Bam!
Hey Jazz? Don’t you think Colin managed to hit the exact mark he was aiming at? Again? Should you be making excuses for one of their most elite excuse makers?
He’s not even a rino. He’s a foil.

onomo on August 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Let me throw in also despite your unsubstantiated “he does still get a lot of things right on defense” he talked Bush 1 into backing off when Schwartzkopf was annilating the Iraqi army and heading up the highway to Baghdad where saddams miserable life would have ended in 1991. So it can be argued that mister strong on defense has the blood of 9/11 and the afghan and Iraq wars on his hands. Dude, how can you be so consistently wrong?

peacenprosperity on August 27, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Easily and often, it would seem. Good point about Iraq ’91, too.

Hey Jazz? Don’t you think Colin managed to hit the exact mark he was aiming at? Again? Should you be making excuses for one of their most elite excuse makers?
He’s not even a rino. He’s a foil.

onomo on August 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

You said it.

Cylor on August 27, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Colin Powell is President Obama’s and Lincoln Chafee’s illegitimate love child.

2Tru2Tru on August 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Powell is completely wrong on his voter ID views. Needs to stay home and write some books and stay off television. Voter fraud is a felony and requires jail time.

Amazingoly on August 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM

African-Americans are 23 percent of registered voters in the state, but made up 28 percent of early voters in 2012, and 33 percent of those who used same-day registration.

verbaluce on August 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I’ve been voting all my adult life, in 2 different states. Not once have I seen a ballot that included a place to identify the race of the voter.

You’re lying. It’s incredibly easy to figure out you’re lying. You know this. And yet you lie anyway. Why?

runawayyyy on August 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Colin Powell is a “moderate”?

hahahahahahahaha

Good one.

creeper on August 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Colin Powell along with McCain, Graham, and Christie are closet Democrats. Wish all of them would shut up and at least Fox News stop putting them on TV for anything!

lhuffman34 on August 27, 2013 at 2:15 PM

“Powell is a moderate” my left buttcheek.

PJ Emeritus on August 27, 2013 at 3:25 PM

D’s lose more elections with voter ID in place. Neither side rejects this assertion anymore.

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

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