Powell – ‘I Want to Continue to Be a Republican Because I’m a Jerk’

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Once a decorated general with a career of distinguished service and once rising star within the GOP, Colin Powell has officially hit Peak Troll status. As PJ Media’s Bridget Johnson reports:

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who endorsed President Obama in 2008 and 2012, told the Washington Ideas Forum that there’s a special reason why he doesn’t change his party affiliation.

Powell confirmed that he’s still a registered Republican. “I want to continue to be a Republican because it annoys them,” he quipped.

First off, this is coming from someone who calls himself a Republican after endorsing Obama’s presidential bid. Twice. The first endorsement wasn’t smart, but could have been excused had Powell simply acknowledged that it was a mistake and that he, like so many other Americans, got caught up in the collective school girl crush on Obama. But a second time? Especially after what a disaster Obama’s first term was, or as I like to call it – George W. Bush’s third term? Granted, this is coming from someone who had no problems turning his back on his employers during tough times. Powell went on to add this piece of tone-deafness:

“I think the party has shifted much further right than where the country is and it should be obvious to party leaders that they cannot keep saying and doing the things that they were doing and hope to be successful in national-level election in the future, not just in 2016,” he added.

Um, on what issues have Republicans shifted to the right? Marijuana decriminalization? Civil unions? No, the real issue is that the Democrats have shifted so far to the left that they’ve come to delude themselves that their views are the new center. Powell also voiced an opinion on immigration right in lockstep with the Obama administration:

‘I don’t agree that it’s the Republican position on immigration,’ Powell said.

‘I think most Republicans understand that we need immigration, we are an immigrant nation, it is in our best interest to do it,’ Powell continued. ‘But there are pockets, as I said previously, there are pockets of intolerance within the Republican party [and] the Republican party had better figure out how to defeat that.’

Intolerance? Like what is regularly shown toward those who fail to support the radical left’s views on gay marriage, allowing males into female locker rooms, or having the audacity to suggest that all lives matter, regardless of race, creed, or color? And maybe the immigration issue isn’t as simplistic as Powell and other supporters would have you believe – Kate Steinle was unavailable for comment. And of course, like any good Republican, he also supports Obama’s plan to help Iran develop nuclear weapons. As Niki Schwab at the Daily Mail reported:

Beyond immigration, Powell also reiterated his support for the Iran deal.

Explaining his thinking, Powell said the goal for the deal was to stop Iran’s nuclear program now, not 10 or 15 years down the road. He said he thought the deal accomplished that.

‘I thought this was a good deal,’ the former secretary of state said. ‘It seems to me that it was good and not just that we’re stuck with it.’

He also suggested that allies of the United States were planning on going forward with the deal anyway, so it make no sense to back out.

‘I’m sorry it got tied up in politics,’ he said

And to cap off his chutzpah, when asked why the deal got caught up in politics, he had the nerve to respond with:

‘Why does everything become totally partisan in Washington these days?’ he said. ‘I don’t know.’

Since I was hit with a bit of writer’s block trying to find a fitting closing line I’ll turn to a comment left in the Daily Mail article from a user who goes by Michael of NJ:

General, your years of honorable service will never be forgotten but you sound more and more like a bitter man who the parade has passed by.

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10 Responses to “Powell – ‘I Want to Continue to Be a Republican Because I’m a Jerk’”

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    What a stinking POS this asshole has always been. He can call himself anything he wants but it doesn’t change the fact that he’s a bottom feeding racist.

    Never forget he let Scooter Libby twist for years, finally having to exhaust all of his personal resources to defend and finally cop a plea for himself against bogus charges, while ALL THE TIME Powell knew it was Armitage that had “exposed” Plame.

    He was the one that shamed HWB into pulling up short in the first Gulf War ensuring we would have to return.

    He PUBLICLY stated he voted for Obama because Obama is black.

    He’s says the conservative base has, “dark vein of [racial] intolerance in some parts of the party,”

    He supports unConstitutional gun control laws.

    I could go on but this asshole isn’t worth a spit to the face.

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    Nanny G

    Several elections ago it became a standard campaign tactic (for certain primaries) for Dems to register as Republicans.
    Then they could literally chose their opponent ( a wishy-washy weak one) for the General Election.
    All Colin is doing is pointing out how he probably did that in the past and – to the extent he has any cache with the Left – dog whistling for others to do it.
    Problem with his dog whistle: it was so subtle as to be completely lost on his fellow Dems.

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    I’d say there are a good many Democrats who are registered as Republicans. I’d also go on to state my opinion that the majority of establishment Republican candidates and office holders are in actuality Democrat infiltrators. It makes perfect Alinsky sense for progressives socialists to infiltrate opposition organizations and destroy them from within. I personally think that this is how the Reform Party was destroyed. From within.

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    Isn’t it amazing how a guy who admitted voting for a candidate because of his skin color has the gall to call other people racist?

    I bet Powell wouldn’t use skin color as a reason to support Carson, though.

    Just another hypocritical leftist.

  5. 8

    Rich Wheeler

    @Nanny G: “several elections ago” a bit vague? as in didn’t happen.
    How bout 2008 in Texas Dem. open primary when Rush implored Repubs. to vote for HRC to stop BHO. This crossover in open primaries happens all the time–rarely has any major effect..
    Found your earlier discussion of 2016 Repub. primary system of interest.

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    I bet Powell wouldn’t use skin color as a reason to support Carson, though.

    Just another hypocritical leftist.

    And a poster child for the absurdity of Affirmative Action

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