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Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh talks with former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Jan. 13, 2009. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

By Michael D. Shear
As one of the nation's most decorated former soldiers, Colin Powell knows how to fight. And so he came out swinging this week in the ongoing tiff with former vice president Dick Cheney and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

In a speech in Boston, Powell hit back against the two GOP heavyweights for questioning his loyalty to the Republican party.

"Rush Limbaugh says, 'Get out of the Republican Party.' Dick Cheney says, 'He's already out.' I may be out of their version of the Republican Party, but there's another version of the Republican Party waiting to emerge once again," Powell told the crowd, according to the Boston Globe.

It didn't take Limbaugh long to respond.

"Does Powell have the pulse of the Republican Party, folks? He's for more spending. He's for higher taxes. He's against raising the social issues. He's for affirmative action. He's for amnesty for illegals. He endorsed Obama," Limbaugh said. "The only thing emerging here is Colin Powell's ego. Colin Powell represents the stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything."

Later, Limbaugh sarcastically "resigned" as the head of the Republican Party, in order to "pass the baton" to Powell.

"I have been anointed to this position by members of the drive-by media, and of course, the Obama White House," said Limbaugh. "I am resigning as the titular head of the Republican Party."

"I now today pronounce and proclaim General Colin Powell as the titular head of the Republican Party," he went on to say. "From now on out, those of you who want to know what the party should do to win elections, to beat back the onslaught of Obamaism, ask General Powell."

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Yeh! Like Limbaugh knew what to do to win the last election. He must be a "closet" Democrat.

Posted by: mdlaf | May 27, 2009 6:08 PM

Cheney and his band of neoCons should be investigated for so much beside waterboarding that his behavior since wheeling out of office is truly unbelievable. It reminds me of the smug self-righteousness Richard Nixon had following his re-election. As a belated investigation began exposing the sordid side of Nixon's presidency, I enjoyed watching his smugness encounter the disgrace deserved by anyone who believes the rule of law is only for lesser men. There is absolutely no doubt that Richard Nixon's wrongdoing is DWARFED by what the Bush administration did, and that Cheney was the center of the moral muck. Let's not miss out on the opportunity of seeing what verbal gymnastics Limbaugh can pull out of his ample paunches defending someone whose only redeeming grace is that he singlehandedly destroyed the Republican Party.

Posted by: psst_limbaugh_keep-ranting_satan | May 27, 2009 4:37 AM

The GOP must be made pure! By all means, please go right ahead and force the issue--make it crystal clear to the American public what you yourselves have always known: that the few remaining well-regarded folks still wearing the "R" label are in fact DEMOCRATS like that Obama fellow. Their heretofore anomalous popularity will then make perfect sense.

So, GOP, give us your Collinses, your Snowes, your Specters and Jeffordses; your decorated military brasses longing to think free...'cause at the rate you're burning heretics, you'll soon be lucky to represent a landmass as big as Ellis Island.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | May 26, 2009 8:45 PM

From the looks of the picture at the top of this page, Limbaugh's days may be numbered.

Posted by: kimkimminni1 | May 25, 2009 12:13 AM

It looks to me it is now time the Republican party started to think out side of the box they are in
Because if they keep following Ex-vice president Dick Cheney and Ex-junkie radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Then the party just may end-up in a Pine Box all dressed out and ready to bury.

Posted by: grayfrier | May 23, 2009 6:41 PM

it's indictive of what remains of the GOP- they prefer 5-deferment Cheney, and Blow-hard, never-served-a-day Rush to a decorated combat infantry commander, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, National Security Adviser, and Secretary of State.

They prefer types they identify with- with the intellect of Palin, The charm and humanity of Rush, and the Honesty, integity and ethics of Cheney.

So, the composit of these characters is crystallized in the frothing GOPers that are typified by JakeD.
Thank god the GOP is shrinking, kinda restores your faith that ALL americans have a basic sense of decency

Posted by: interactidiomas | May 23, 2009 3:54 PM

As an Independent who has voted for members of both parties and currently supports President Obama, I want a viable multi-party system.

Because of Republican lies, fear-mongering, hate and godless inconsistencies, this I cannot support them until they change. As a result, I am "stuck" with supporting Democrats or have a wasted vote.

The Republicans have shifted so far right that they are in crazy territory. First, you have Palin-types who claim "Christian Right" but they are actually "Hypocritical Wrong". Second, you have those who are more concerned with increasing the wealth of top 5% than ensuring a strong middle class. Finally, you have the remnants of racists and haters of "selective sinners" cling to the party rather as an alternative to wearing hoods.

I pray the Republicans rebuild under someone of the caliber of General Colin Powell. Although Powell supported and put a credible face on the lie-based war in Iraq, he, Jim Webb, and Jon Huntsman are only a few remaining Republicans who can lead the party out of the wilderness.

Posted by: ladyberyl | May 23, 2009 11:08 AM

jaked wrote: "That's what I thought. I guess Dens can't even get their basic facts right."

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_033009/content/01125108.guest.html

Right from your god's own gaping orifice, clown.

Posted by: nodebris | May 22, 2009 1:15 AM

Rectum Powell was never really a republican anyway. Good riddance, let the Socialist Democrats have him.

Posted by: vmmagilke | May 21, 2009 11:54 PM

Limbaugh is a Fat Joke!! Even as a Comedian, which He claims to be, - He is Not Funny at all!! Sort of a Joan Rivers on DRUGS!! -- And why would Mr. Powell even waste His valuable time on such a goof-ball as Rushy the Radio-Clown?!

Posted by: jward52 | May 21, 2009 6:21 PM

What valuable time is Colon wasting. All he's doing is stirring up the black community causing more hatred. Rush Limbaugh's time is valuable, he is the most popular radio talk show host in the country. And what kind of guy would want to be named after a rectum? I would change my name.

Posted by: vmmagilke | May 21, 2009 10:41 PM

I move, in response to the recent amazingly stupid antics of the banana Republican National Committee neoclowns, that we rename the RNC to the "Redneck Nazi Clowns", or maybe the "Retarded Nazi Clan".
It's amazing that anyone is still gullible enough to take any of them seriously.

As for their anti-socialists fear mongering tactics:

1.The majority of the world's countries are capitalist countries, and the majority of those countries are poor.

2. The highest standard of living in the world is now found in the social welfare states of northern Europe.

These are indisputable facts. It's definitely time to grow up, to see things as they are, and to act rationally for a change.

Posted by: rooster54 | May 21, 2009 10:33 PM

I apologise, I misspelled Mr. Powell's first name. It's Colon Powell, sorry.

Posted by: vmmagilke | May 21, 2009 10:05 PM

Colin Powell is a racist. He's endorced two liberals in his life, both were black. His success in both the military and politics is a result of affirmative action. He is now and has always been a liberal racist. If not for affirmative action he would be just another black on wefare.

Posted by: vmmagilke | May 21, 2009 10:00 PM

Mr Limbaugh always impresses me as a great comedian. He totally lacks contact with reality, his ego probably is not as strong as he tries to pass off. any truly well adjusted person does not engage in these silly games he has with folks who actually are well put together and have some fine qualities. Sad to say, of late, Mr. Limbaugh has sunk into the buffoon category and he seems to get worse every day. As my sweet mom used to say before she died at 88, "If we could buy Rush for his true value and sell him for the value he TRIES to propose for himself, we could all retire to the Riviera and live in the lap of luxury. But poor thing, Rush simply does not get it. Further, I doubt any parent taught him about the Scriptural admonition to think more highly of others than one does of ones self. He is really to be pitied. Mari

Posted by: mari2JJ | May 21, 2009 9:04 PM

Rush Limbaugh is unworthy to carry around a bucket of Colin Powell's warm spit (or other bodily secretions.) General Powell is one of the reasons we enjoy the freedoms we do, including Limbaugh's freedom to behave like a raving a**. I could care less WHICH party General Powell leads and stands behind, I'll swear a loyalty oath that party. It's not ABOUT the party, it's about the leadership and the values of those leaders. I'll follow a leader and statesman like Powell anywhere, anytime. And I certainly have NO interest in a party represented by a bloated, self-aggrandizing junkie like Limpbaugh.

Posted by: rfrich | May 21, 2009 8:04 PM

That "thing" on his head may be part of a hearing aide; Rush went deaf as a result of his abuse of Oxycontin, I think he may have needed a cochlear implant to regain some of his hearing . . . although, it may indeed be a combo hearing aide/satellite receiver set-up - this guy is really, really way out there any more. Maybe he fell "off the wagon" and he's no longer in "recovery"?

Posted by: MickFinn2001 | May 21, 2009 7:47 PM

Limbaugh is a Fat Joke!! Even as a Comedian, which He claims to be, - He is Not Funny at all!! Sort of a Joan Rivers on DRUGS!! -- And why would Mr. Powell even waste His valuable time on such a goof-ball as Rushy the Radio-Clown?!

Posted by: jward52 | May 21, 2009 6:21 PM

What is that thing on his head?

On first glance, one would think it's Bluetooth, but it appears to be a medication injector......Rush must now be getting his "meds" straight to the cortex. Obviously, from the looks of him, what goes in, is not coming out.....except for gaseous verbage.

Maybe it's a miniature satellite receiver from which he receives instructions from the "The Great Dick."

Posted by: wann | May 21, 2009 5:31 PM

Uncle Tom Powell is little better than chubby...
He is still a filthy republiklan and even if he left tomorrow, he would still owe me an explanation for the last 20 years.

To Hades with all of the GOP...Tom Powell included!

Posted by: kase | May 21, 2009 4:49 PM

The rich old white men heading the GREEDY OLD PARTY can talk, threat or what ever they want to but the voters will never be fooled again into getting our country into the hands of anyone like the corrupt Bush Adm. Even the christian community who was duped by the likes of FAT JERRY who went to an early grave for being a spokesman for the /Bush Adm. will never be fooled again. God is still watching and sometimes he says enough is enough.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | May 21, 2009 4:27 PM

Mr.Shear;

You do the real LEADERS of what is shaping up to be the RepubliCan Party a great disservice mentioning either of these two as "Baton Carriers"!

The General is and always was-His OWN Man, and really did not want Public Office.

Even I could not support the McCain choice of Sarah Palin as the 51Rst Senator/Back-up Executive! It was a no-Brainer! McCain was too vulnerable to a sudden demise, and Sarah was wholly Un-Qualified!

As far as "What a Rush": He does his pompous acts for RATINGS!

The Leaders of the RepubliCans are out gathering Facts! I personally am GLAD several of the Key Players are fellow Texans that earned my support!

Kay Bailey-Hutchison, John Cornyn, and John Carter are all excellent Representatives!

Others who are Key Players might carry some baggage, but are worthwhile additions nonetheless!

John McCain, Jeb Bush, Lindal, Cantor, and others!

THEY, seek a Capitalistic Stance to challenge the Democrat Socialist Party!

They, are the National Council for a New America!

The biggest Player wrote this:

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/OpEd-Contributor/The-President-is-missing-the-long-term-effects-of-his-policies-41410532.html

Your Welcome! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | May 21, 2009 3:27 PM

Limbaugh, Cheney, Steele, Palin, Gingrich, Sessions, Boehner.

The nation owes them a debt...for providing so much entertainment.

"In today's episode of the Republican Follies..."

You definitely need a scorecard to keep track of who's stabbing who in the back that day.

So much for Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment.


Posted by: lithium452 | May 21, 2009 3:08 PM

Why are there so many comments by Democrats defending the new titular head of the Republican Party? You Dems have all you can handle in trying to defend Obama and his giveaway programs that are going to bankrupt the country.

The fact is, the Republican Party needs to purge itself of the liberal left-wingers like Colin Powell. Why does he want to call himself a Republican when he endorses a liberal Democrat for president?

If both the Democrat and Republican Party believe in the same liberal kind of politics... the American people are given no choice but liberalism. You can't call yourself a Republican or Democrat unless you represent what the party believes in. That is like someone who is a Muslim calling himself a Christian. What you believe defines what you are, not the label you put on yourself.

Posted by: skabootchie | May 21, 2009 2:02 PM

Colin Powell... Rush Limbaugh... NO CONTEST.
Lets look at the "tale of the tape"
Colin Powell- Viet Nam Vet, Commander of Forces in Nam. White House Fellow, George Washington University Grad, Chair of the Joints Chief of Staff, Secretary of State. Author of the Powell Doctrine"
Rush Limbaugh Talk Show Host and Conservative Commentator.
What has he led? What has he managed? Wasn't he kicked off of Monday Noight Football for making what some considered to be "Racist REmards " about Donovan McNab?
Rush Limbaugh -convicted Felon, Drug abuser three times married.
DO I need to go on?.
Its a no contest between Powell and Limbaugh. And if the Republican Party's leadership had any " Class" they would tell Limbaugh and Chaney to STFU.
Bottom Line- they still cant get over the face that the Obama Team cleaned their clocks in November.
Obama won 11 of the States Bush won in 2004.
What do they think that was ?
A total repudiation of the BUSH/Chaney policies. One does not have to have a PHD in Polirical Science to figure that out.
When a sitting Republican Senator cannot defeat a Saturday Night Live character like Al Franken you know you in trouble.
When a sitting Senator cannot defend her North Carolina Seat
( Jesse Helms Country) then you know you are in trouble.
Where is the leadership of the Party? WHO is the leadership?
Rush Limbaugh? Dick Chaney?
AND they have the Nerve to want to attack Powell

Posted by: Carprin | May 21, 2009 1:33 PM

OhMy may be on to something:

If the cursed elements of the Republican Party split, and the moderate elements of the Democratic Party, people like Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, and other Democratic moderates joined them, we might get a party that really speaks for the majority of the American people.

That is the problem we are facing now.....swinging from one extreme to the other with the threat of dictatorship hanging over our heads at both ends of the spectrum. We do not need dictatorship, or the centrally planned controlled economy of government control, or monopoly control [oligarchies of giant corporations fit here too].

Posted by: Tawodi | May 21, 2009 1:32 PM

Boy oh boy,the family fued is hot. The "Big Republican' tent has indeed, collapsed.

A reminder: a house divided, cannot/will not stand. Is this the final tale on the GRAND OLD PARTY? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYkUXOvxs4w

Posted by: Victoria5 | May 21, 2009 1:26 PM

If the Republican Party expects to return to viability as a national party, they had better start to listen to a wide range of voices from all spectrums of sociey, not just to Fascist attacks of Cheney and Limbaugh.....

It was nice to see Rush resign as the titular head of the Republican Party. Now maybe some others can be heard. There are moderate Republicans who can actually revamp the party into a viable party that represents the interests of ALL Americans. General Powell is a person I respect, though I am not a Republican [nor am I a Democrat]. Other voices I would like to hear from more are Christie Todd Whitman, Senators Collins and Snow, etc......those who understand how to craft issues to help ALL the people.

Mr. Cheney is a hasbeen, that really never was, and represents everything hateful and subversive that gets attributed to the Republican Party...the Party would do well to disavow his extremist views. In fact, I believe history will eventually show that he was probably the single most self-serving government official in ALL of history.......his intent and his accomplish were to quadruple his personal wealth, which he apparently achieved.....
and no he will not get the sympathy vote because he has a bad ticker....if it were really that bad, the pressures would have killed him by now....but instead, we have to keep listening to his self-serving drivel.

Posted by: Tawodi | May 21, 2009 1:25 PM

Colin Powell does indeed represent a segment of the Republican party that does not in any way agree with the Cheney, Palin, Limbugh wing of the party. It strikes me that Limbaugh and company maybe shouldn't get too smart in deciding who is a "true" Reublican. They could end up splitting the party and all of those who are currently being insulted and ignored could just form their own party.
The weirda$$ wing of the Republican party should remember that they rely on moderate supporters for their power as well a those supporters who make up their base.

Posted by: OhMy | May 21, 2009 1:22 PM

How do we get away from the destructive dialogue of the Rush Limbaugh's on BOTH sides? The get far too much media attention that distracts from anything resembling constructive, productive, moderate dialogue.

Posted by: 65tarheel | May 21, 2009 12:56 PM

============

Real simple...stupid idiotic idiots have absolutely no concept of honesty, integrity, moralities, simple understanding of the basic laws of human compassion. These self-serving hypocrites are a diseased abomination of and to the very existence of the human race...and of the survival of Mother Earth...what was Bush 43 and all of his cronies last battle cry...”drill baby, drill, drill, drill!!!”
And what was in each and every one of Bush 43 State of the Union address to all of us...?
“We are addicted to oil. We must resolve ourselves to find and subsidize alternative energy solutions...”
“Drill baby...drill, drill, drill...anywhere, everywhere, just drill, drill, drill...”
Another republican solution.

Come on people, stop being stupid.
We are all of the earth.
The earth will survive, no matter what we do.
If the earth needs to destroy our stupidity to survive...guess what...it will.

Do we want to be a continuing entity / partner w/her?
If we do, greed and self-serving profits obtained from her depths must be done in good faith and in limited access.
Without sustained and progressive understanding of her wealth in and of all life, we become the next lost species...it’s our choice.

Posted by: im24u | May 21, 2009 1:18 PM

Here's hoping that Gen. Powell ditches the republikans before their numbskull "base" figures out that he and other moderates are their only way back to national office.

In the meantime, JakeD, sagedude and the rest: just keep attacking America's heroes, harping on RINOs, and talking up Rush, Caribou barbie, and Darth Cheney, lest Americans forget what a nightmare republikan control would be.

Posted by: ched | May 21, 2009 1:11 PM

How do we get away from the destructive dialogue of the Rush Limbaugh's on BOTH sides? The get far too much media attention that distracts from anything resembling constructive, productive, moderate dialogue.

Posted by: 65tarheel | May 21, 2009 12:56 PM

DICK cheney;
D – director of
I – internal
C – corruption and
K – kick backs

RUSH limbaugh;
R – republicans
U – understand
S – sanctimonious
H – hypocrisy

Republicans:
DUMB – just doesn’t know right from wrong
STUPID – knows right from wrong, chooses wrong
IDIOTS – chooses wrong, then lies, cheats, steals, manipulates, deceives and denies any wrong doing whatsoever; “I didn’t do that” “I didn’t say that”, “That’s not me”, “I was miss-spoken”, “I am not a crook” (Nixon), “Corruption is the norm, I’m going to get mine” (Agnew), ...republicans, come one, come all.

Cheney and his imbedded buddy Limbaugh are delusional, demented megalomaniacs. Both are boarding on Alzheimer’s disease. For this they have my sympathy and best wishes for a speedy recovery...maybe.

It’s so wonderful to know all these idiots are republicans...not Americans,, republicans:
Bush 41, Bush 43, Nixon, Agnew, Gonzalez, Rumsfeld, Rice, Rove, Palin, Romney, McCain, Gingrich, Limbaugh, Cheney, O’Reily, Hannity, Coulter, DeLay, Prager, Savage, Beck. Ingraham, etc.. These aren’t just idiots, these are absolute idiots, pathetic idiots.
(You all know who you are, all who support, listen to, believe, and donate $$$).

These things need to wear a necklace of wrapped toilet paper around their neck so when
that filthy hole below their noses opens and spews their stench of filth, the toilet paper
will absorb its entire load of contamination so as not to pollute Mother Earth’s environment.

Had Nixon had been thrown in jail like he should have been, Bush 43 and his white house family of obnoxious arrogance just may have been more tolerant with our Constitution, it’s values, and the Geneva Convention’s outline of torture, instead of ignoring the basic laws of humanity and creating their own set of laws more in line w/their needs...”The Patriot Act”.

Posted by: im24u | May 21, 2009 12:26 PM

First, Collin Powell would be a good leader of the "Party of Lincoln". The Republican Party of Bush and Cheney, and the RNC of today etc. is so far removed from the Republican Party of Lincoln's time that it is from a different planet. True Republicans like Lincoln, Eisenhower, Aiken, etc. would not want to be associated with the current Republican Party. As a long time Independent, there was a time when I'd vote Republican better than 50% of the time. Today it's hard to find a Republican of substance. Well, Rush Limbaugh definitely has heft, but that's not the same as substance.

Second, I was getting to like Rush as the head of the Republican Party. He made sense in the Bush/Cheney style Republican Party. Since the vast majority of Rush followers are Republican and they enjoy being called "DITTOHEADS" (a DITTOHEAD is similar to a sheep, it mindlessly follows its leader (Rush) and goes "BAH, BAH." So it all makes sense, the Republicans, as followers of Rush, are "self proclaimed "DITTOHEADS" and they clearly go "Bah, Bah" every time their leaders speak. The only difference is they eat meat and smoke cigars.

Third, it's nice to see Cheney speak up, it's even nicer to see that the American people, well except for the "DITTOHEAD" Republicans, are capable of discriminating between information and baloney. Obama has a favorable 61% rating compared to Cheney's 21% rating. This may be a sign that 21% of the US population is made up of "DITTOHEADS" or or 67% of the Republican Party.

Fourth, it's nice to see Rush and Cheney pressing for the release of information regarding the CIA, the Iraq War, etc. Because of this change of attitude the Republicans in Congress will be keen to have open hearings on the buildup to the war, how information was gathered and promoted to go to war. Let's find out if Nancy P. or the CIA really lied, but we need to know all the facts about the war including how information, or dis-information was gathered and disseminated by Bush and Cheney. Nice to see everybody on the same page.

Posted by: JedG | May 21, 2009 12:22 PM

Limbaugh, Bush, Chaney, Palin, McConnell, and Boner couldn't carry Powells lunch let alone question his loyality to the Party.
The pig Limbaugh wouldn't make a pimple on Powells ass. The only words McConnell and Boner know is "NO WE WON"T SUPPORT THAT","If IT'S FROM THE LEFT ISLE VOTE NO"
A sorry state of affairs !

Posted by: jiggy1119 | May 21, 2009 12:20 PM

First,Limbaugh is a professional entertainer folks not a political expert. Each day he needs a new ans more exciting script for his "mad dog" audience types. He loves all this controversy and it make him mucho money. Since he has a big audience all the political types will put up with him. I am sure that in private they would never invite him into their homes to be exposed to their families.
It is true that people like powell no longer can agree with almost any Republican position and a new moderate branch of the republican party must emerge or they will disappear to a few disgruntled and angry group praying to their God for lower taxes and a plague on those nasty liberals. That is and will be their contribution.

Posted by: ephetsgma | May 21, 2009 12:15 PM

Powell may be a decorated soldier who knows how to fight but he better change his beliefs if he wants people to believe he's a Republican. Anyone can call themselves Republicans or Democrats but to really be one you have to at least believe in some of the party planks. Other then preserving the military, what Republican precepts does Powell stand for?

Posted by: gerrypooh | May 21, 2009 12:12 PM

Powell may be a decorated soldier who knows how to fight but he better change his beliefs if he wants people to believe he's a Republican. Anyone can call themselves Republicans or Democrats but to really be one you have to at least believe in some of the party planks. Other then preserving the military, what Republican precepts does Powell stand for?

Posted by: gerrypooh | May 21, 2009 12:04 PM

The GOP is better of with Powell as their de-facto leader. After all he is former General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor and Secretary of State. While Limbaugh is a talk show host. One of them has the ability to see that the times are changing and that the people are moving left. The other is clinging to a 2000 year old book and 200 year old ideas. I know for sure that I'd follow Powell to death and Limbaugh to Applebee's.

Posted by: h4x02 | May 21, 2009 11:59 AM

The "R" in Republican? Stands for Regional; as in minor party.

Posted by: skiloypet | May 21, 2009 11:41 AM

"JakeD - It's "Dems" not "Dens". How Ironic you should mispell while accusing the fabulous dems of factual inaccuracies..."

No, it's Dumz not Dems!

Posted by: vgailitis | May 21, 2009 11:31 AM

Colin Powell is a great American hero. He knows better than anyone that Bush and Cheney did not lie about weapons of mass destruction. He should be defending his own legacy on this issue. However, Powell used his political capital to endorse Obama who is the antithesis of the basic principles of democracy and capitalism. I agree with Cheney Powell left the party when he showed his contempt for conservative values of small government and free markets. Powell made his decision because of race. We now see that racism is rampant in the Democrat Party and has been all along. The Dems accuse Repubs of doing what they (the demoncats) do. The Democrat Primary exposed the Party for their racism and Powell has done the same. Principles do not change just because of skin color.

Posted by: kc4WV | May 21, 2009 11:23 AM

Other than the overblown ego, is there something wrong with Rush? I mean, the constant bitterness and sour outlook. Is he taking his medicine (legal and/or illegal)? Also, I can't see him running with Palin in 2012, afterall, there has to be some level of physical wellness involved. Finally, I wonder what the name of the political party will be that he will lead? I got it, he'll run with Nancy Pelosi!

Posted by: dlbucs | May 21, 2009 11:09 AM

Limbaugh is a disgusting human being. The hatred and evil in this man's heart is frigthening. He is as low as anyone can sink, short of actually committing muder.

Posted by: oscarcury | May 21, 2009 11:07 AM

Why isn't Rush in jail for his "doctor shopping" and purchase of illegal drugs?
How did he manage this? I would like to know who is responsible for not prosecuting him.

As far as what he says, I make it a habit not not know or hear anything as it takes a toll on my emotional bearing to see that other people take this pig seriously when everything that comes out of his mouth is garbage. If he wants to critize, let him do it without the inane and nasty words he uses.

Posted by: gfaigen | May 21, 2009 10:58 AM

GregP - You are right, I want to drive the RINOS to the dems so my party can become even smaller. That is a winning strategy! Hey, let's meet in the airport bathroom!

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2009 2:59 AM

Posted by: gregp1 | May 21, 2009 2:59 AM

JakeD - It's "Dems" not "Dens". How Ironic you should mispell while accusing the fabulous dems of factual inaccuracies. LAst time I counted the repubs are the biggest liars and the smallest party. Oh yeah, I forgot, you make up "facts" to support your fear of taxes and tolerance. So many people hate you, keep it up bozo!

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2009 12:19 AM

Posted by: gregp1 | May 21, 2009 2:53 AM

That's what I thought. I guess Dens can't even get their basic facts right.

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2009 12:19 AM

JakeD:

Palm Beach, among a lot of Libs.

Posted by: sagereader | May 21, 2009 12:08 AM

I thought he lives in Florida?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 11:36 PM

Looking at Limbaugh's picture again, I guess it's fairly clear why there isn't room in the party for anyone but him.

He probably left NY because NJ and CT were going to have to start taxing him, too, as he actually physically resided in all three states at once. Explains why he picked Texas. The boy needs elbow room.

Posted by: nodebris | May 20, 2009 11:32 PM

trippermeow and sagereader:

Great posts!

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 11:14 PM

Whew, that picture. If someone wanted to parody a "capitalist pig," they could hardly come up with a better image. He looks like he just devoured Tokyo and is sizing up his desert. Don't stand too close sir!

I would love to have Gen. Powell in my party, if the Republicans are fool enough to drive him out. I'd sit him right next to Jim Webb. You can keep Cheney and Limbaugh and George Will.

Thank god Republicans so cherish Limbaugh, who can only ironically offer a plan that might actually save his party. Hope he keeps whipping the moderates out. You can't buy an ally like that.

Posted by: nodebris | May 20, 2009 11:05 PM

Yep, put him next to George Soros, Jack Murtha, Harry Reid and Pelosi. Make him feel right at home.

Posted by: trippermeow | May 20, 2009 11:10 PM

Whew, that picture. If someone wanted to parody a "capitalist pig," they could hardly come up with a better image. He looks like he just devoured Tokyo and is sizing up his desert. Don't stand too close sir!

I would love to have Gen. Powell in my party, if the Republicans are fool enough to drive him out. I'd sit him right next to Jim Webb. You can keep Cheney and Limbaugh and George Will.

Thank god Republicans so cherish Limbaugh, who can only ironically offer a plan that might actually save his party. Hope he keeps whipping the moderates out. You can't buy an ally like that.

Posted by: nodebris | May 20, 2009 11:05 PM

Larry:

Get over it. Really disgusting to hear you spout off like a typical ignorant Rush-bot. Powell has more american in his little toe than does your entire family tree.

Posted by: jfern03 | May 20, 2009 10:53 PM

__________________________________________

The same Colin Powell who refused to go after Saddam in the 1st Gulf War, which would have saved thousands of US lives and billions of dollars? Frankly, if Rush wasn't such a threat, then why all the liberal whining about bringing back the Fairness Doctrine?

LIBERALISM.....the gutless choice!

Posted by: trippermeow | May 20, 2009 11:01 PM

JakeD and others free marketers:

Chrysler dealers will soon launch their legal opposition to the company’s plan to cut 789 dealerships in less than a month, arguing the company has asked for too much freedom from state laws protecting dealer agreements.

http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20090518/UPDATES01/90518007

Posted by: sagereader | May 20, 2009 10:55 PM

Larry:

Get over it. Really disgusting to hear you spout off like a typical ignorant Rush-bot. Powell has more american in his little toe than does your entire family tree.

Posted by: jfern03 | May 20, 2009 10:53 PM

Bondsan and brwntrt:

Are you aware that there were LESS self-identifying Republicans in the fall of 1983 than there are now? Careful how cocky you get about "permanent majorities".

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 10:51 PM

Quite the clown act the GOP these days.
Maybe The Ringling Bros. people could use the talking heads of the GOP for an act.

Maybe you should be looking Pelosi, Soros, Obama, Moveon, The Huffington Post or DailyKooks to see the mentally ill, AKA: liberals!

Posted by: trippermeow | May 20, 2009 10:50 PM

JakeD:

I'm just an interested citizen who is appalled by what is going on. Thanks for your concern.

It's my understand that 300 of the Dodge dealers have formed a group to contest the mamhandling by the Obama-Chrysler perps. They have acquired legal counsel.

More information is available at:
http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20090515/UPDATES01/90515011

Posted by: sagereader | May 20, 2009 10:47 PM

Quite the clown act the GOP these days.
Maybe The Ringling Bros. people could use the talking heads of the GOP for an act.

Posted by: jfern03 | May 20, 2009 10:47 PM

Powell is no decorated war hero. He's a lackluster political operative whose handlers put him in non threatening assignments, and he didn't step in the crap, so they promoted him.
I don't know many in uniform who would rank him among the great leaders of our Army. He's an opporunist...and nothing else. Witness his endorsement of the incompetent political organizer Obama. He stabbed those who elevated him in the back.
A real sleaze.
U.S.Army Retired

Posted by: LarryG62 | May 20, 2009 10:46 PM

I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and numerous others, including folks like JakeD and the King of Zouk who post on these boards on a daily basis.

It is because of you that I will never have to worry about seeing Republicans become the majority party in either the House or the Senate in my lifetime.

Thank you.

Posted by: Bondosan | May 20, 2009 10:42 PM

It is irrelevant who is a member of the Republican party now. I like the Republican party just the way it is at present. Irrelevant and ineffective. Oh and by the way, the Republicans brought this result upon themselves.

Posted by: brwntrt | May 20, 2009 10:40 PM

sagereader:

Be sure to include causes of action for quo warranto and unlawful takings.

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 10:36 PM

JakeD:

Thanks for the confirmation of disgust with what is going on in the destruction of American business.

Posted by: sagereader | May 20, 2009 10:19 PM

sagereader:

I hope Mr. Joseph (and everyone like him) file lawsuits to prevent Obama from stealing their private businesses.

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 10:12 PM

RetiredVeteranz:

I'm responding to you but all of you liberal dweeb readers of the main stream media are but pathetic variations of a common theme. You folks just don't get it.

I remind you, Powell is an intellectual lightweight who is a living testimony to the unintended consequences of Affirmative Action.

Powell is the modern day appeasement of the guilt ridden liberal mindset. He is reputed to be a gentleman, though his late minute switch from Candidate McCain, a moderate Republican of the type Powell claims to admire, to Candidate Obama, a Fascist socialist,was calculated to inflict the most harm on the Republican candidate. So I reserve judgment on Powell's gentlemanly attributes.

Powell also let Scooter Libbey twist in the wind though he knew from the outset that HIS guy, Richard Armitage, leaked the Plame information. Yes, Colin Powell fits a very strange definition of a gentleman. Perhaps it's the dysfunctional liberal definition. From my perspective Powell is a smiling bureaucrat who conceals more than he delivers. The White House Fascist smiles a lot too. The lesson is don't depend too much on smiles to discern a man's character.

Posted by: sagereader | May 20, 2009 10:09 PM

Gen. Powell is still a registered Republican? I'll bet his wife, Mrs. Powell still runs the house and tells him who to vote for.

Sorry, General. If I got stuck between two leaders and the other was Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, well, let's just say that there is leadership and then there is the guy who wrote the modern field manual- Gen. Schwarzkopf.

Maybe, I'll just take Norm's lead and go golfing for a few years, until 2012, when we depose King Obama!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | May 20, 2009 9:58 PM

sam51:

Did you read the BBC link?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 9:54 PM

It's a pathetic statement about the republican party that they have to stop and think about whether to give more credence to a man who spent his entire life in military and diplomatic service OR a bloated college dropout and recovering drug addict who was too cowardly to put on the military uniform for even one day. When you pin your hopes on Rush and Palin and Steele and Boner and Newt you're truly desperate.

Posted by: RetiredVeteran | May 20, 2009 9:41 PM

Oh my this is fun.

Posted by: the1joncook | May 20, 2009 9:40 PM

Rush and Cheney will drive rank and file Republicans to become independents - which is just as well. Independents decide elections. Many states even allow independents to vote on primary candidates from all parties, giving them more power than the faithful.

I commend Limbaugh for continuing to get rich backers who think they can keep their money in the family forever. The truth is that things progress and eventually conservatives are left to bemoan the good old days when they got richer every year simply by lending money to the young, the immigrants, and us hard-working taxpayers. Talk about a bunch of Shylocks.

But if Rush keeps getting fatter, eventually he will become a meal ticket for a whole bunch of doctors and will have to retire not only as the titular head of the Republican Party but also as the foremost windbag in the country.

Posted by: loyalsyst | May 20, 2009 9:33 PM

sagereader

You are either a complete idiot or are deliberately trying to place the blame at the new preisdents feet. (I think it's the latter)George Bush and his cronies caused all of this, ALL OF IT PERIOD. THE PRESIDENT INHERITED THIS ECONOMIC MESS from the Bush administration. He has only been in office 5 months, count them, 5 months and he is not the one that is makeing the automaker take these actions. They were in trouble when he was sworn in, this was going to be a consequence of the automakers poor management of the company during the BUSH era. This is a result of corporate greed which Bush encoraged during his term and something which you obviously endorsed as it seem you find it difficult to place the blame where it absolutely belongs, on BUSH and his deregulating administration. Once again all you republicans can do is call people names, Mussolini?? are you kidding me?
Bush spied on ordinary Americans, outed a CIA undercover agent, suspended haebeus corpus, put himself above the law and you call Obama Mussolini? Bush gave the bank free reign to charge us what they like, when they like and how they like, then gave them $700 billion of our money with NO strings attached and they don't have to tell us how they used the money, what would you call that? he passed laws that if we file Bk we still have to pay the credit card companies all of the usuary interest they want and laws to cap jury awards at $250k even if a doctor cuts off the wrong limb. tell me how the hell is that person supposed to live on $250k for the rest of their life? Mussolini? you people are NUTS!

Posted by: oliverfsampson | May 20, 2009 9:24 PM

Powell is an intellectual lightweight who is a living testimony to the unintended consequences of Affirmative Action.

He has no platform of substance, other than to 'be nice' as a political position. As a Republican, has he ever criticized or offered an alternative to the socialist blatherings of Obama?

Powell goes from venue to venue sucking up $150,000 per speech without having an incisive paragraph on any of our contemporary problems.

The Republican Party does have a big tent, but Colin Powell gets by on social 'circumstance,' the distant first cousin of intellectual weight and talent.

Posted by: sagereader | May 20, 2009 9:14 PM

So Powell never ran for public office because of his wife? And I thought it was because of that "tiny little glass vial" that he was waving around the UN.

Posted by: sam51 | May 20, 2009 9:06 PM

Here is an example of what Il Duce Obama has caused:

May 19, 2009
Letter from a Dodge dealer

"My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second generation to manage this business.

We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are active in the community and the local chamber of commerce. We deal with several dozen local vendors on a day to day basis and many more during a month. All depend on our business for part of their livelihood. We are financially strong with great respect in the market place and community. We have strong local presence and stability.

I work every day the store is open, nine to ten hours a day. I know most of our customers and all our employees. Sunshine Dodge is my life.

On Thursday, May 14, 2009 I was notified that my Dodge franchise, that we purchased, will be taken away from my family on June 9, 2009 without compensation and given to another dealer at no cost to them. My new vehicle inventory consists of 125 vehicles with a financed balance of 3 million dollars. This inventory becomes impossible to sell with no factory incentives beyond June 9, 2009. Without the Dodge franchise we can no longer sell a new Dodge as "new," nor will we be able to do any warranty service work. Additionally, my Dodge parts inventory, (approximately $300,000.) is virtually worthless without the ability to perform warranty service. There is no offer from Chrysler to buy back the vehicles or parts inventory.

Our facility was recently totally renovated at Chrysler's insistence, incurring a multi-million dollar debt in the form of a mortgage at Sun Trust Bank.

HOW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN THIS HAPPEN?

THIS IS A PRIVATE BUSINESS NOT A GOVERNMENT ENTITY

This is beyond imagination! My business is being stolen from me through NO FAULT OF OUR OWN. We did NOTHING wrong.

This atrocity will most likely force my family into bankruptcy. This will also cause our 50+ employees to be unemployed. How will they provide for their families? This is a total economic disaster.

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

I beseech your help, and look forward to your reply. Thank you.

Sincerely,

George C. Joseph
President & Owner
Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu"

It's sad that this Mussolini type of character in the White House can cause so much pain for American businesses!!!

Posted by: sagereader | May 20, 2009 8:58 PM

LOrion said:
"So now poor, poor victim RUSH...apparently has begged MSNBC not to show any more clips of his speeches or radio shows. He can't take it! Imagine someone criticizing him! Him!"

Rush was 'putting on' MSNBC for its lack of importance and poor ratings. They are desperate so they keep referring to Rush because their commentators don't have issues to substance.

Rush was being humorous and apparently you got sucked in by the main stream news feed.

Posted by: sagereader | May 20, 2009 8:52 PM

So now poor, poor victim RUSH...apparently has begged MSNBC not to show any more clips of his speeches or radio shows. He can't take it! Imagine someone criticizing him! Him!

Posted by: LOrion | May 20, 2009 8:39 PM

Comments about Limbaugh's unfortunate appearance & various afflictions would be cheap shots, were it not for the fact that they are physical manifestations of the unbridled ego that drives this Mountain of Meat; it's certainly unjust to claim that he is an embarrassment to the G.O.P. -- he is, in fact, a profound embarrassment to any thinking human being! His primary redeeming social contribution (apart from keeping Charmin in the 'black') appears to be in providing a easily understandable distinction between Republicans & Democrats -- Dogma & Rhetoric vs. Thought & Action...

Posted by: Deltaman | May 20, 2009 8:36 PM

Entering into an "exchange" with JakeD (friend of Dianne71 or 72) is like getting into a peeing contest with a skunk.

Posted by: edlharris | May 20, 2009 8:31 PM

wow m0962s you seem like a reasonable guy but its hard to buy your argument. you complain "the left expects everyone to respect their rights but then they attack conservatives as if they thought we were all Nazi's" even though one of yours labels President Obama a marxist just a few posts earlier.
A marxist? running a free-market capitalist society? with ZERO nationalized banks? endorsed by arch-capitalist billionaire Warren Buffet? its that kind of extremist rhetoric that marginalizes your party.
so go ahead, let Rush lead, no skin off my nose. but almost no one my age will vote for you anymore.

Posted by: Vizier6 | May 20, 2009 8:28 PM

yes, JakeD your post is stoopid. that guy never said Limbaugh's 1st amendment rights should be violated. there'a a whole panoply of things that could change his behavior: simply asking, voting, boycotting, begging. none of them involves depriving him of consitutional rights.

i assume you're a repub becuase you use their standard technique: set up a 'straw man' argument (rights violated!) so you can knock it down.

Posted by: Vizier6 | May 20, 2009 8:22 PM

whatever Jake!

Posted by: oliverfsampson | May 20, 2009 8:18 PM

Just what we need -- more Democrats telling Republicans how Republicans can win.

Just what we need -- more Republicans who voted for Obama in 2008 (and will vote to reelect Obama in 2012) to tell Republicans how to win.

With all the people who want the Republicans to self-destruct -- if they believe Rush Limbaugh will destroy the Republican party -- then let Rush do his thing.

Posted by: patsw | May 20, 2009 8:18 PM

vgailitis

When Bush gave the richest 1% of Americans, and the corporations a huge tax break that was REDISTRIBUTION of wealth, in case you did'nt know it.
you know you republicans kill me, all you do is call people names like "marxist" and "socialits" half the time you don't even know what those words mean or how to apply them. You have absolutely no evidance to back up your name calling, however we have tons of evidance of crimes committed by your republican government of the last eight years. its funny how silent you are when Bush is redistributing our wealth to Haliburton and weapons manufactures who build crappy Humvees and body armour that don't work causing death or serious injury to our troops.

Posted by: oliverfsampson | May 20, 2009 8:16 PM

Vizier6:

Are you saying that MY post is "stupid"? I am registered INDEPENDENT (and have been since 1968) BTW.

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 8:14 PM

oliverfsampson:

First, the opposite of ALLOW (your word, not mine) is disallow. Second, I agree that more RINOs should leave the Republican Party.

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 8:13 PM

Boy JakeD, you a repub alright. where i come from you don't have to violate someone's constitutional rights to get what you want; you could try asking politely.

I read the post, its just stupid.

Posted by: Vizier6 | May 20, 2009 7:55 PM

Jake D

First of all I never said they should disallow him from speaking but i am saying when they have opinions that differ from his and he then rebukes that opinion that they should have the balls to rebuff him not apologise and then change their opinion to his. Thats WEAK and SPINLESS man.
Second more registered republians need to abandon a party that LIED to take us into a war of convenience. Bush stood before the counrty and lied his ass off about everything and now it appears they tortured people to lie so they could support their twisted reasoning for going to war in the first place. thousands of American soldiers died for this lie, hundreds of thousands of americans have lost limbs and sanity for the lies of these crooks, and don't get me started on the Huge deficits they ran up, Katrina, the outing of a CIA undercover officer, the US attorney firings for political purposes,Guantanamo, Abu grahib, Alberto 'gonzo" gonzales and spying on americans. I could go on and on, but let me ask you how many times did the Bush administration trash the consitiution just in those examples I gave? where were you and the rest of the republican while all this was going on? All silent, all of you.
As far as I'm concerned general Powell is a hero for having the guts to vote his convictions. I wish he would dump that "party of no" and come into the democratic party where he would be welcome with open arms. Frankly its insulting that you would suggest I was disrespecting our troops. i have family members serving right now and other family and friends that have lost their lives and limbs for this country and it is my right to critize according to the constitution

Posted by: oliverfsampson | May 20, 2009 7:55 PM

Sad. Being a Viet-Nam Vet, I totally despised the career military pukes that I encountered back during the Viet-Nam war era. Those folks have risen to the level of God compared to the US military scum of today: Satan's Army.

Colon Powell was the "shining light" exception to the rule.

I really respected this fine gentleman until he become the Uncle Tom spokesman for the ultra racist republican right, the followers of Satan marching under the banner of Jesus' love.

Mr. Powell has a now incurable case of "Foot in Mouth" Disease, an incurable disease that can never go away.


Posted by: MrZ2 | May 20, 2009 7:53 PM

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 7:51 PM

alysheba_3:

As I understand it, Colin Powell's wife is the reason he has never run for office.

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 7:50 PM

Vizier6:

Thank you for the "second" to the motion.

As for no one asking for Rush to be silenced, a point of order: perhaps you missed "I can't believe that elected republican officials allow this man to ruin thier party everytime he speaks" by oliverfsampson (you know, the person my post was addressed) on May 20, 2009 7:17 PM?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 7:45 PM

Powell is a man with his own opinion about what the Republican Party should be. As a veteran, I respect his opinion on military and international policies, and I would likely support sound advice he might offer in regard to our nations defense. As a citizen, I respect his opinion on politics. However, I can not imagine how he believes that supporting a socialist like Obama makes any sense. As I said, I respect his right to do so and his right to say what he thinks but the problem here is that the present political condition of this country is that the left expects everyone to respect their rights but then they attack conservatives as if they thought we were all Nazi's. I know that not ALL liberals are hard line socialist but the guys and gals in the federal government, that are liberal, are the type of liberal socialist that will do nothing for this country but wreck it for their own profit.
Mr. Powell, you have made your choice by supporting Obama for whatever reason you had and may have. The Republican Party does not need you any longer. At this point your presence in the RNC would be nothing more than a covert op aimed at destroying the conservative agenda and its support.
May our God watch over our great nation now and forever. May the people we have in office repersenting us begin to act once again in the BEST interest of the nation, and not to further their own political power.

Posted by: m0962s | May 20, 2009 7:41 PM

The "Strong on Defense" Party is strong on defense as long as the defenders don't want their party to be moderate.

And so long as they don't have to do the actual defending.

TOP, Truth Optional Party.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 20, 2009 7:37 PM

hell, I'll 2nd your motion. the alaska secessionists will get cloeser to WH than she ever will.

Posted by: Vizier6 | May 20, 2009 7:32 PM

Gen. Powell's comments are always a breath of fresh air.

Posted by: Peter22 | May 20, 2009 7:32 PM

Thank GOD the Republicans are too stupid to actually let Gen. Powell (Ret.) lead the party. The Republicans would have a leader to be listened to then.

Posted by: alysheba_3 | May 20, 2009 7:31 PM

wow @JakeD is a moron. NOWHERE does anyone suggest big, fat idiot Rush Limbaugh should be silenced. its to the left's advantage that he keep spouting his vitriolic bile.

face facts: you choose the convicted drug-addict over the man who sacrificed for his country, because of abortion or taxes or somesuch. it reflects on you poorly, but thats the fact of the matter.

Posted by: Vizier6 | May 20, 2009 7:29 PM

member5:

Is that a "second" to the motion?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 7:28 PM

The very kind of Republican Colin Powell said he wanted ran in the 2008 elections, his good friend John McCain, another of the nations most decorated war hero. Yet, Powell voted for Obama, a Marxist redistributionist who wages economic war on those who make it and transfers it to those who "take" it. I know liberals would love to explain the logic of Powell, but how can you? Everything Powell espoused as qualities are the very things he voted against!

Posted by: vgailitis | May 20, 2009 7:27 PM

Do I hear a "second" on my motion for Gov. Palin?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 7:27 PM

@JakeD:

Oh please let Sarah Palin become the head of the GOP. The Green Party will get more votes in 2012 that the Repubs.

Posted by: member5 | May 20, 2009 7:24 PM

oliverfsampson:

Please read the FIRST AMENDMENT and then tell us all what exactly you think elected Republican officials can do to disallow this man to speak?

He dares "disrespect" Colin Powell because the good General has (for all intents and purposes) abandoned the Republican Party and is LYING about it. Lots of people don't serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Why are you "disrespecting" them?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 7:23 PM

Since when is Powell a Republican? Bit the hand that fed him. He endorsed Obama. End of story. We should listen to him?

Posted by: piovino1 | May 20, 2009 7:22 PM

Jeez sarahpac, suck-up much? a dealership closes and its Obama's fault? ROTFL. maybe if you send Steele flowers or a nice piece of alaskan salmon he'll endorse you...

Posted by: Vizier6 | May 20, 2009 7:19 PM

wbrighton:

You mean that Powell is a RINO you can trust? Look, if the Democrats would nominate someone who was pro-life, pro-death penalty, anti-tax, and fiscally-conservative, I would "support" him too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 7:18 PM

Rush Limbaugh is a complete racist, homophobic idiot and I can't believe that elected republican officials allow this man to ruin thier party everytime he speaks. How dare he disrespect Colin Powell. He has never served this country in any capacity yet alone risked his life for that matter neither had DICK Cheney. He has shown what a coward he is by deferring 5 times. Its no wonder the country is in the state that it is now due in large part to men like these 2 clowns. Lets get on with the prosecutions of these criminals and show the rest of the world that we take care of business the right way.

Posted by: oliverfsampson | May 20, 2009 7:17 PM

For sure, I'm confused. Gen Powell endorsed and voted for Mr Obama, abandoning thereby the Republican Party. Where, then, does he derive the authority to lecture Republicans? He could make a case, I suppose, by encouraging them to vote Democratic like he did. Still, why would that make him a figure they should respect or, indeed, that anyone should heed at this point in time? I feel his criticisms may be summarised as "So what?"

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | May 20, 2009 7:16 PM

Colin Powell is a Republican I can support. I served in the Army at the same time as he. I trust his intellect and leadership. He is a far better strategic thinker than anyone in the national political arena today, which is why he will not run for; or, get elected to a public office. Too bad for us.

Posted by: wbrighton | May 20, 2009 7:07 PM

Now-Senator Al Franken said it best in his tome of the same name: Rush Limbaugh is a big, fat idiot.

a convicted prescription drug addict chicken-hawk attacking the integrity of a 2-tour Vietnam combat veteran. the repubs have sold their soul to the devil. Glad Bill Buckley's not alive to see this.

Posted by: Vizier6 | May 20, 2009 7:07 PM

Statement from Governor Sarah Palin

The transition from Candidate Obama to President Obama has been as predictable as Alaska's winter snow.

We are now witnessing actions that will lead to a monumental shift away from free market capitalism and the strong work ethic that built this great country. 'Change' in this administration has meant rapid movement toward massive government growth, huge tax burdens on future generations, and an unprecedented reliance upon foreign countries.

Today, we learned that Obama’s decisions continue to impact Alaskans; while we as taxpayers now own General Motors, Obama closes another dealership – this time in Soldotna as more of Alaskans’ hard-earned money and jobs are lost to big government. Government should not be in the auto industry business. In Alaska, we have also seen a shift in federal priorities that threaten the loss of subsidized village health care services under the same candidate who led you to believe he'd insure all Americans. The inconsistent messages and actions are unsettling.

But we have another voice in Washington, DC – a man who understands what Alaskans believe: less centralized government control, restrained budgets, more opportunity for development, and fewer taxes. Today, we have a friend in RNC Chairman Michael Steele and his bold and courageous speech defines his leadership goals that will guide us all through this most difficult time for our nation.”

http://www.sarahpac.com/news/news28.aspx

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 7:02 PM

If the Republicans are accepting nominations, I would make a motion for Gov. Palin as TIT-ular head of the GOP.

Statement from Meghan Stapleton, SarahPAC Spokesperson

We are pleased to learn that all the purchases and decisions made by senior campaign staffers, and paid for by the RNC and returned to the RNC, were all done according to the law. The clothes in this campaign were treated just like the many stages upon which the Governor stood and the hundreds of lights used to illuminate them; all were used during the campaign and returned upon its conclusion.

It is difficult to reconcile the obsessive reference to clothing on the campaign trail with any legitimate political issue and that leaves the unsettling conclusion that Governor Palin is the single national political figure who is critiqued on policy, family and clothing.

When people start asking details about the personal effects of other candidates, then maybe the double standard will be eliminated.

http://www.sarahpac.com/news/news27.aspx

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 7:01 PM

The Republican party has already split in two, they just have not made it official yet.

Face it: the people who think abortion and gay marriage are the most important issues, will never be moderates,a nd the moderates will never agree with them on their priorities.

The Social conservative Republican party is an extreme party of intolerance, superstition and ignorance.

The Colin Powell Republican party is one of pragmatism and common sense.

Looks like we no longer have a two party system.

Posted by: unitcaptain11 | May 20, 2009 7:00 PM

I can't help but feel privileged to be alive to witness the self destruction of a major political party here in America. The Republicans are going to pay dearly for their blatantly treasonous acts...the Party Of Torture and Illegal Wiretaps is in its last throes...it is truly a thrill.

Posted by: member5 | May 20, 2009 6:59 PM

Limbaugh needs to push away from the table a little sooner.

Tempest in a teapot. I'm glad Powell doesn't give in and leave the party. There is still room for people who don't think exactly like Rush.

Posted by: GoFigger | May 20, 2009 6:53 PM

Wow look how fat Limbaugh is! How disgusting.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 20, 2009 6:33 PM

A decorated war hero, excoriated by a radio-clown. And the GOP taking time in a period of crisis to vote that the Democrats should change their name.

Powell won't be the only one leaving the GOP, the voters are discarding them a million at a time.

What remains of the GOP will be a piece of political ash, hard and dead.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | May 20, 2009 6:32 PM

LOL!!! Go Powell (and don't come back ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2009 6:19 PM

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