Weighing In: Rush Limbaugh vs Colin Powell

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney recently made news in his appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

He weighed in on the sniping between radio host Rush Limbaugh and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer asked whether Cheney would side with Limbaugh or Powell in that battle of Republican titans. Here’s the way Schieffer put the question: “Rush Limbaugh said the other day that the party would probably be better off if Colin Powell left and just became a Democrat. Colin Powell said Republicans would be better off if they don’t have Rush Limbaugh out speaking for them. Where do you come down?”

Cheney said: “If I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I’d go with Rush Limbaugh, I think. I think my take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican.”

Cheney cited Powell’s support for Barack Obama.

Schieffer seemed astonished by Cheney’s frankness. “You promised some news. I think we probably made a little,” Schieffer said.

In My Humble Opinion:

Colin Powel hasn’t been a part of the “Bush Republican Party” ever since he was sold out. Some say he brought it on himself, but I’d challenge them to prove he sold out to his own party by standing up for the “American values” his party was selling  people at the time. He went to the UN and laid it all out, in effect, lying his ass off to sell the war in Iraq to the rest of the world. I’d wager that he knew damn well he was lying while at the same time being used as a scapegoat. When the shit hit the fan he was forced to resign. He got played. When he now speaks out against the abuse of power and the missdirection of his party, he is labeled a traitor. It’s common knowledge that Cheney and Powell disagreed on foreign policy very often, so his personal criticisms comes as no surprise to most pundits.

What is surpsiring is that the Republican Party has no idea who they are or where their ideals stand anymore. The same conservative ideas that were lost when they began catering to the religious right on all political battle fronts. A glaring lack of fiscal responsibility, no consistent public policy, coupled with ethics and morality thrown to the curb, they haven’t been in step with the roots of conservativism for years. It seems like a party fueled by a rejectionist centrist point of view and the damage done is a result of massive infighting, not the opposition. Then again, what do you expect from a party that caters to social buffoons like Tom Coburn who thinks high school bathrooms are breeding grounds for lesbianism.

That being said, expecting substance from Limbaugh, a pill popping ex-junkie who doubles as a political blowhard by day, is fruitless. He’s an entertainer and that’s one thing I can agree with Michael Steele on. He has as much indepth political knowledge as a bottle of Viagra. Colin Powell has served his country for most of his life. He has remained a loyal citizen who adopts a “country first” attitude that puts him in a unique position of bringing about logical perspectives to most any past and present political situation. Powell isn’t without fault. I would be remiss if I didn’t add that I believe he holds as much responsibility as Rumsfield, Cheney, Bush, Rice, etc as it relates to the concocted war on terror, but I do respect him first as a man who can reflect and adjust to past mistakes, and more so as a person who learns from them.

Whatever you or I think of them, Limbaugh and Cheney are beloved by the GOP base, but extremely unpopular among the greater majority of Americans. It’s like the GOP has been hijacked by a few extremists and you know things are bad when you have extremists calling out other extremists within their own party. Michael Savage anyone? Between him and “Hush Bimbo” I don’t know who is worse.

Powell has said in the past that “figures such as Limbaugh appeal to Republicans’ lesser instincts.” I’m left wondering what, if any, instincts Dick Cheney ever had to begin with. I’m just glad that Cheney continues to put himself in front as a spokesman for the new and improved GOP and even less surprisingly as a proponent of torture. After all, here’s a man who is more impressed by a radio shock & fear peddler than someone who has been a public servant all his life, on top of successfully selling us the Bush & Co. (Cheney, et al) war in Iraq.

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2 Responses to “Weighing In: Rush Limbaugh vs Colin Powell”
  1. mspachy says:

    May both their kidneys fail!

  2. knowledge says:

    ok, Wanda, lmao

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