Powell: GOP ‘polarization’ backfired in election

Love him or hate him, victory-minded Republicans would be wise to listen to former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s suggestions on rebuilding our party. His reflections on the election are the epitome of the moderate voter’s exodus from the GOP this cycle.

(CNN) – The Republican party must stop “shouting at the world” and start listening to minority groups if it is to win elections in the 21st century, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday.

In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for Sunday’s “GPS” program, President Bush’s former secretary of state said his party’s attempt “to use polarization for political advantage” backfired last month.

Zakaria’s full interview with Powell will air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on CNN.


Here’s a clip of Powell talking about Sarah Palin and the Republican party’s future:

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  • geo999

    Apparently you didn’t actually listen to Governor Palin’s Greensboro “small towns” remarks, but instead took for gospel the out of context, nut-job spin that john stewart and the huffington post types put on it.

    Now you use that contrivance to justify a ginned-up high dudgeon – insinuating that Mrs. Palin, by lauding someone else’s values, was somehow besmirching your own. A childish attitude at best.

    You gave in to political payback and identity politics, General. And lately, you have indulged yourself in more than just a bit of intellectual arrogance.

    Yes, you have assured for yourself a place on the A-list for all of the most coveted Georgetown events, and doubtless you will have the President’s ear.

    Congratulations on your success. You are and will always be revered for the service you have given your country.

    But you have become for conservatives what Joe Lieberman is to the Democrats.

    And frankly, General, I don’t think there’s any going back.

  • So who is being polarizing, republicanvoices?  Who is trying to kick social conservatives out of the party as if they are anathema?  Who is not listening to the black community?  Who are you, for that matter?  I bet you’re Tom Lang or some Log Cabin selfish rich gay guy.  I suggest you reveal your real name and real intentions and stop being a concern troll.  Take off.

  • OK, you aren’t a rich gay concern troll.  I hadn’t seen that you provided your email address, which reveals a treasure trove of Republican service, and a good interview with Scott Brown that says you were 12 years old at the time, in 2005.  That’s remarkable, actually!  You asked pretty good questions, and I liked his answers (funny how sure we all were that Tom Reilly would be the 2006 candidate).

    I hadn’t realized you actually wrote things, I only see you post links to videos of moderate republicans like this one and then never seem to respond to comments.  Your goal seems to be to polarize the party and get the social conservatives out, or at least shut the social conservatives up.

    Is that why are you going around giving all my comments zeros and giving 5’s to everyone who insults me?  That is a very annoying thing to do, content-free annoyingness, and I don’t get why you would want to be annoying for its own sake.  If you have something to say, say it, don’t troll rate.  Zero’s mean “delete this comment” and you of all people should respect people’s voices, not try to censor them.  Your site’s motto is “We’re Censored Today and Heard Tomorrow”, and that is exactly how I feel when I try to raise awareness of genetic engineering and same-sex conception.  It is terribly important that we deal with that issue before squandering too much research money and before people try to create children that way, and it will RESOLVE the whole gay marriage issue so that it won’t be messing up our politics so much.

    Time to go on the record Emil: are you suggesting that the GOP should embrace same-sex conception and genetic engineering and engineering?