Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rush and Powell and What the GOP Stands for


We are no defender of talk show hosts. While we believe that Rush Limbaugh is one of the most incisive of radio talk show hosts we don't often find reason to defend him or comment about his show but the battle that has been set up by him and General Powell fits into our issue and mission to define what the Republican Party is or should be. Here is some of the rhetoric from their back and forth:

Powell Rebuffs Limbaugh, Who 'Resigns' as GOP Party Head
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."

In this case we agree with Rush. We don't advocate throwing Powell out of our party but we certainly think Powell should be smart enough to know that he in no way represents the majority or even a plurality of our party. Perhaps a better question for him would be to ask him where does he differ with the platform of the Democrat party and where does he agree with the platform of the Republican Party?

We repeat as we have in the past that the Republican Party's problem is not that its tenets need to be revised but rather that it get back to those basics and articulate them.

1 comment:

G. R. Florine said...

With all due respect to General Powell, who is truly an American hero, and should be given his just due for his exemplary military service to his country, I would hope that some news person (one with some semblance of integrity) would attempt to ask the General specifically why he is a Republican, what core principles he holds as a Republican, and then how he could support an essentially big government, welfare state Democrat (who is also essentially, or very close to, being a socialist) as President of the United States, over Senator McCain, who is primarily a centrist Republican.
We all know where Rush Limbaugh stands, take it or leave it! We can only guess at where General Powell now stands, and he needs to explain precisely what his political principles are!