Cheney picks Rush over Powell, so do I.

Another MSNBC article drives me to thinking:

Cheney backs Limbaugh over Powell He says he'd rather back broadcaster in the battle over future of the GOP

And rightfully so. If the only choices we had were Rush and Powell I would have to endorse Rush as well. One is a conservative stalwart and the other another RINO hiding among the ranks.

From the article (excerpts in bold):

WASHINGTON - Dick Cheney made clear Sunday he'd rather follow firebrand broadcaster Rush Limbaugh than former Joint Chiefs chairman Colin Powell into political battle over the future of the Republican Party.

As far as conservatives go I think Rush would have to be the choice our last candidate was more akin to Powell in the political ideology category and conservatives were nonplussed by the choice. We need a candidate that is a true conservative enough with the RINOs and moderates. It was not conservative principles that caused republicans to fall from grace it was their lack thereof.

Even as Cheney embraced efforts to expand the party by ex-Govs. Jeb Bush of Florida and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and the House's No. 2 Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the former vice president appeared to write his one-time colleague Powell out of the GOP.

No, Powell succeeded in doing that all on his own. His endorsement of a flaming liberal socialist was the conservative equivalent of high treason. No true conservative could have in good conscience endorsed anyone with the stated views Obama held then and endorses now.

Asked about recent verbal broadsides between Limbaugh and Powell, Cheney said, "If I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I'd go with Rush Limbaugh. My take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn't know he was still a Republican."

Enough said.

'Not as right as others would like'

Powell, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush and held the nation's top military post under President George H.W. Bush, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president last year. Nonetheless, since the election he has described himself as a Republican and a right-of-center conservative, though "not as right as others would like."

On the right left scale I think Powell has been steadily sliding left. He may have once been closer to the center but that was a time ago and there are no indications that he intends to return. He is absolutely right in his assessment, he is no where near as right as conservatives would like but that's okay as long as he is not running as a Republican.

Cheney, citing Powell's backing of Obama over Republican nominee John McCain, said, "I assumed that that is some indication of his loyalty and his interests."

Cheney's remarks on CBS' "Face the Nation" were the latest step in his slow-motion estrangement from Powell since the two worked closely together to manage the Persian Gulf war in 1991 — Powell as the Army general who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Cheney as defense secretary for the elder Bush.

Under the younger Bush, Powell initially backed action against Iraq's Saddam Hussein and delivered a famous U.N. speech laying out the U.S. case. But Powell and Cheney increasingly parted ways over the Bush administration's policies on the war and terrorism, with Cheney usually prevailing. Powell left the administration after Bush's first term.

Wading into the debate over the GOP's future, Cheney called efforts by George W. Bush's brother Jeb, along with Cantor and Romney, as "a good thing to do," but set a limit on how far the party should go.

"The suggestion our Democratic friends always make is somehow if you Republicans were just more like Democrats, you'd win elections," Cheney said. "Well, I don't buy that. We win elections when we have good solid conservative principles to run upon."

This is the crux of the problem. If Conservatives were more like Democrats they would be Democrats. The thinking seems to be conservatives should abandon their principles in favor of popularity. What is the point of having principles in the first place if the are to be so readily set aside. I would rather be on the losing end of the game and have my morals and principles intact than to win by denying what I know to be true.

More government, not less

Powell has argued the Republican Party needs to move toward the center and reach out to growing black, Hispanic and Asian communities, but instead has been shrinking because it hasn't changed as the country changed in the face of economic distress. "Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less," Powell said last week.

I don't know any Americans that are looking for more government in their life. On the contrary most of us are looking to get the government out of our damn lives and back to the business they should be attending to.

For months, Powell has urged the party to turn away from the acid-tongued Limbaugh. "I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without," Powell said.

Powell is obviously delusional. To make such an accusation ignores the fact that Liberals have made a living by indulging in class and race warfare on a level Rush could never hope to achieve. The liberal power structure is based on dividing the populace into neat voting blocks and then pitting them against one another. Conservatives have always believed in the power of the people as opposed to the power of the government.

"Colin Powell is just another liberal," Limbaugh retorted. "What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat."

Well put, he should join the ranks of Jeffers, Specter and others. If he is unhappy with the tenor and direction of the party there are always choices. I for one would be glad to clear the ranks of every RINO even it means the party shrinks in the short term. We have got to whittle away the dead wood to ensure that what grows is strong and vital.

If Powell wants to endorse/join the party that once vilified him as vehemently as they did Bush I say; goodbye Powell, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

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