"There's also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party," he added. "Everybody wants to talk about, 'Who's going to be the candidate?' You've got to think first about, 'What's the party actually going to represent?' If it's just going to represent the far right wing of the political spectrum, I think the party is in difficulty." -- Colin Powell
Finally, an intelligent Republican with credibility tells it the way it is. Tea Baggers and the rest of the mindless extremist neo-nazi trash need to be excreted from the GOP.
Powell, obviously thinks that only the Republican party can bring any fiscal sanity to DC. I am sure he also is an advocate of a strong military ( big military budgets) and less government regulation. I think he is right on! Unfortunately, it seems a Repbulican often can't win the primary without catering to a bunch of evangelical nut jobs. Now that Obama has stressed the need for equal rights for gays and Lesbians, the far right is going to be in a lathe until the 2014 elections. The result is likely to be primary victories for really weak Republican candidates that will ultimately lose to just average Democratic opponents. One need not look further than what happened in the Senate races in Indiana and Missouri..
Oppisition to a practical immigration policy, including illegals, and a science be damned approach to global warming isn't going to help either.
Powell is about as republican as David Gurgin of CNN fame is, they were looked over and now bitterly turn turncoats That is okay the party is better off without them. A ganag of homeless people were bussed down to watch the parade, wo have already been detained for crimes in D.C. Gee Detroit trying to export their surplus obama voters seemed to have worked to a point.
To really appreciate the difficulty the national party finds itself in you have to understand that the one bright spot in '12, keeping control of the House, was pretty much due to state house redistrictings (aka gerrymandering) following the '10 census. Dems actually won a plurality of the house votes nation wide. And add to that the fact that almost all of the long term trends, especially the demographics, are against the party. Some people looking at the demographics even see a chance that Texas may turn blue in the statewide elections as early as '16.
Yes that is true. More people voted for democrats in Congress than republicans but due to gerrymandering the republicans were able to control more districts. Now they want to change the electoral college so that states are not all or noting so they can steal the white house.