I have listened to Colin Powell's remarks on Sunday's "Meet the Press" and guess what, there were no staggering revelations in his commentary:
- “The court struck most of that down, but most importantly, it caused people to turn out and stand in line because these Republicans were trying to keep us from voting.”
- “There’s also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean from that? What I mean by that is that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that?
- “When I see a former governor [Sarah Palin] say that the President is ‘shucking and jiving,’ ‘that’s a racial-era slave term. When I see another former governor after the President’s first debate, when he didn’t do very well, say that the President was ‘lazy.’ He didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t do well. He said he was ‘lazy.’
- “That may not mean anything to most Americans but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is “shiftless” and then there’s a third word that goes along with it [n*gga].”
- "Birther, the whole Birther Movement…why do senior republican leaders tolerate this type of discussion in the party?"
There was absolutely nothing that Powell said that was new to one person in America. The Republicans no this. The Democrats know this stuff. The Independents know. Every GOP elected official knows it. Every person that cast a ballot in the 2012 election knows it. And, every last one of those folks that cast a vote for Mitt Romney or one of the radical right candidates knew it when they went into the voting booth, and they did not make a difference.
I agree with Mr. Powell’s assessment but he simply said what everyone already knew. You see this is the deal: the radical right is only dangerous because of the moderates that tolerate them. So you cannot separate one from the other; they are joined at the hip in what they are doing to America. Mr. Powell’s message was not about good moderate Republicans and the radical right; his message was that if you vote with the mess, you are a part of the problem rather than the solution.