Powell: GOP’s Polarization Doomed Them

By  | 

The most important endorsement of the 2008 Election speaks out about why he thinks the Republicans lost by such a significant margin.

From CNN:

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.

“There is nothing wrong with being conservative. There is nothing wrong with having socially conservative views — I don’t object to that. But if the party wants to have a future in this country, it has to face some realities. In another 20 years, the majority in this country will be the minority.” […]

“I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country,” Powell said. “I think that the party has to take a hard look at itself, and I’ve talked to a number of leaders in recent weeks and they understand that.” Powell, who says he still considers himself a Republican, said his party should also stop listening to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

“Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?” Powell asked. “Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?”

Question: in 2016 could Powell be a viable GOP candidate who could help unite the party again?

Yeah, I know it’s a long shot, but I don’t think there’s any more respected political figure in the country than Powell and he could be a new model for the party; one that completely breaks away from polarizing figures like Limbaugh and reclaims a more sensible platform.

Probably not, but just a thought.