Republican Party Has Moved to the Right: Powell

What are you saying? Please Gen. Powell, you have clearly moved Left. He says the Republican Party has moved more to the Right than he would like to see it. The fact is, however, that the G.O.P. now consists of two factions; the centrist, mostly eastern, country club Republicans and the rest of the base, conservative folks in the red states. Colin Powell says the McCain people have made the William Ayers friendship the central focus of the campaign and speaks of the “very, very limited” relationship that Obama has had with Bill Ayers! Huh! The Ayers connection, and Obama’s refusal to be truthful about it, is becoming a more important issue precisely because it indicates extremely poor judgment unbecoming a presidential candidate.

Today we learn definitively that in 1997 Obama wrote a short review of a William Ayers book. Suggestions of this have appeared in the media before but now an industrious blogger has dug up the actual book with Obama’s blurb and photo.( photo below) Blogger zomblog says:

I find it very hard — no, make that impossible — to believe that Barack Obama had “no idea” who William Ayers really was, or that he had a past as a notorious domestic terrorist (as Obama’s campaign has claimed) while serving on panels with Ayers and simultaneously praising Ayers’ book in a major newspaper.

This story is likely to continue growing, and I thought that the image above would provide a good “visual” for the Obama-Ayers connection.

[UPDATE: On page 82 of the book itself, Ayers mentions Obama. So there’s no question they knew each other.]

Obama Blurb on Ayers Book

Obama Blurb on Ayers Book

Michell Malkin’s take on this today: Finally, we arrive at the real reason Powell is endorsing Obama: The party, he complains, has become too “narrow” for his tastes. Pro-abortion Powell can’t stand the thought of two more Republican Supreme Court appointments. He thinks Sarah Palin is too conservative. He shares the Obama view of our base as racist and non-inclusive — but has nothing to say about the rabid pack of America-damning preachers who helped make Obama the “transformational” figure Powell has placed his faith in.

Anyway, below is the Colin Powell appearance with Brokaw today:


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8 Responses to “Republican Party Has Moved to the Right: Powell”

  1. Dave B Says:

    Let’s come out and just say it. Powell endorsed Obama because he is the black candidate, plain and simple. It defies logic to think otherwise and I wish he had just said it instead of alleging there are other reasons. Tell us that you support the first black candidate because you want to support the first black candidate but don’t insult our intelligence with the reasons you gave. Powell is a hero in my eyes for many reasons but this was not his finest moment. I truly would understand perfectly if he just was truthful. General Powell picked an inexperienced politician of the opposite party who never served in the military, wants to cut the military, wanted to pull out in defeat in Iraq, has made hurtful statements about soldiers and their actions, blurbed a book for a terrorist that bombed and planned bombings that killed innocent people and military buildings… instead of a disabled vet, a military hero that gave so much for his country, has experience, whose political ideology is almost identical, who stood firm when politics interfered with what was right for the soldiers… because Sarah Palin is too conservative? Because the Republican party is too conservative? Hello!!! It’s John McCain we’re talking about. I pray that General Powell did what he had to do and it’s done and over with because I don’t want to see this great man diminished any further by publically being required to circumvent the real reason for his endorsement. Just say it, it’s ok. Really.

  2. steadyjohn Says:

    Excellent comment, thank you!

  3. Juliette Says:

    Oh puh-LEEZE. Is it not possible that his reasons for endorsing Obama could be just what he says they are? What a two-dimensional world you must live in Dave B. .. Oh, Obama’s black… That MUST be why Colin Powell endorsed him! Think about what you’re saying. It’s ridiculous.

  4. Norris Hall Says:

    Colin Powell has a point. The Republican party doesn’t look or sound anything like the Republican party I grew up with 40 years ago

    Colin Powell said “I have some concerns about the
    direction that the party has taken in recent years. It has moved more
    to the right than I would like to see it”

    Was he being a little too sensitive??

    Here to answer that question is Minnesota Senator Michelle Bachmann
    Senator Michelle Bachmann on Hardball

    After viewing her interview, tell me if you don’t agree with Colin Powell that the Republican party is getting a little bizarre

  5. pa Says:

    Had all my McCain posters, stickers, hats, and shirts. Then Powell goes and endorses obama. NOW I have to get all new obama stuff ! ! ! !

    I fought of switching over with “the boss”, Madonna, Hamas, and ACORN endorsed obama.

    If someone like bugs bunny endorses McCain, I will of course have to flip back to McCain.


    How anyone can over-look the inexperience at the top of the dem ticket is simply amazing. In obama’s little political history, he has enough TRASH to end 5 or 6 republican careers. Finally, the only reason biden is on the ticket is because he makes more stupid remarks publicly.

  6. steadyjohn Says:

    Norris Hall – Michelle Bachmann managed to stay on message about Obama’s troubling , and yes anti-American, associates and questions about his judgment. Matthews kept boring in in his usual obnoxious way trying to goad Bachmann into saying which members of Congress were anti-American which wasn’t her point at all. I agree the so called robocalls are stupid and should stop. After viewing the interview, I do not agree with Colin Powell that the party “is getting a little bizarre” as you phrase it. Colin Powell is a typical moderate who waits to see which way the crowd seems to be going before joining in. How is it that Powell, once the enemy of the hard left, is now their darling; oh wait, he must have been “rehabilitated”!

  7. steadyjohn Says:

    Juliette – Blogger Debbie Schlussel writes today about the Powell endorsement of B. Obama:

    Colin Powell is and has always been a liberal. The liberal mainstream media, which, of course, wants Barack Obama to win, is making a big deal out of something that’s actually not a big deal, something that’s quite predictable.

    As I’ve always noted, Colin Powell was a liberal and has been a fan of skin-color-based affirmative action, from which he’s benefited his entire life. Skin color, in no short measure is why he became a General, why he got promoted to the top of America’s military, why he was chosen for a key role in both Bush, father and son, administrations, and why he was given a coveted position on AOL’s board, which made him an instant gazillionaire, once his son (also benefiting from Bush-based affirmative action) approved the deal as head of the FCC. It certainly wasn’t his foreign policy, which was anti-Israel, pan-Arabist, and liberal, liberal, liberal.

  8. Dave B Says:

    Juliette: I live in a world where there is right and wrong, the truth or a lie, courage or cowardice. I did leave out one thing that might make you understand why I was disappointed in Powell’s endorsement. Powell needed to rehabilitate his political career as well as increase his worth as a speaker… so he endorsed the candidate that stands for everything that is the opposite of what he once proclaimed was his own views of the world and military. You notice he waited till almost voting day before he made his endorsement. He would have never endorsed him if Obama was ten points behind in the polls. So to rephrase my previous comments in new terms: It was cowardly and not courageous to not tell the truth about your real motives for supporting Obama and that is not right. It is wrong.

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