5.23.2009

Powell Plans To Answer Right-Wing Luntic Critics

Set your DVR's boys & girl. Colin Powell is going to to take on Rush & Dick & the rest of the Permanent Republican Majority.

From the WaPo:

Under intense fire from the right, former secretary of state Colin L. Powell is preparing to answer his Republican critics this weekend in a television appearance that is likely to add fuel to his long-standing feud with top conservatives in his party.

The appearance will come just days after Powell, one of the country's leading black political figures, told an audience in Boston that a new Republican Party is "waiting to emerge." Earlier this month, he said the party is in "deep trouble" because "Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less."

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Powell's turn will come this weekend. He is scheduled to appear on CBS's "Face the Nation" tomorrow and has told associates that he plans to answer his critics. Whether he will make an announcement about his party affiliation is unclear.

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"The Republican Party is in deep trouble," Powell told corporate security executives at a conference in Washington this month, according to the National Journal. The party should realize that the country has changed, he said, adding: "Americans do want to pay taxes for services. Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less."

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Powell's comments have come amid a wider discussion about the future of the GOP after a pair of disastrous elections for Republicans.

His remarks on domestic policy and politics have infuriated a group of GOP voices that includes former White House adviser Karl Rove and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) as well as Limbaugh and Cheney, who has quarreled with Powell since the two served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush.

Gingrich has sharply criticized Powell for urging the GOP to stop advocating tax cuts. "Colin Powell's wrong," he told Fox News. "The average American doesn't want to pay higher taxes, and at a time of a severe recession, raising taxes is very destructive of economic growth."

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