Rush Limbaugh, Republican Leaders Attack Colin Powell for Being a Racist

by: Matt Stoller

Sun Oct 19, 2008 at 14:30

Here's Rush Limbaugh.

"Secretary Powell says his endorsement is not about race," Limbaugh wrote in an email. "OK, fine. I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed. I'll let you know what I come up with."

Well, I'm pretty sure that Powell in 2000 endorsed George W. Bush, an inexperienced white candidate.  

Meanwhile, Maine Politics catches Republican activist and leader Dan Billings accusing Powell of racism in an offhand comment on a message board.

Usually, there's lots of griping among Democrats that Republicans seem to be better at 'staying on message'.  I guess message discipline has its downsides.

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W was experienced (0.00 / 0)
He had been Gov of Tx, a big state, for 6 years. That is a lot of experience, and given border issues, and oil issues, a certain amount of foreign policy experience. It would have been plenty had W been a good Gov. But as we know W was a hideously corrupt Gov and it should have been obvious completely unsuited to leadership of any kind.

I understand where you're coming from (0.00 / 0)
Bush had more executive experience than Palin, for instance. But, in comparison to an actual Vice President (Al Gore), he was a complete lightweight. Even if he were competent, Bush couldn't have come close to Gore's experience. And Powell endorsed Bush.  

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TX-Gov is a lightweight position. (4.00 / 2)
The legislature long ago took most of the big decisions into its own hands, leaving the Governorship as a fairly innocuous post for such a large state (unless you happen to be on Death Row). See: Rick Perry, an incompetent fool who nobody really likes but who can't do much actual damage on his own.

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if rush bingbang (4.00 / 2)
wants to find an example of racism i can save him some time, just look in the mirror, as a matter of fact a majority of the gop wingnuts that will be savaging colin powell in the days ahead can do the same thing because they are all cut from the same anti-american cloth.

An ill-chosen subject for attack (4.00 / 2)
Powell has such a sterling reputation among moderates, independents and Republicans that I think Rush has made a mistake here by impugning his motives.  In other words, I think the criticism for the endorsement will only serve to make it more effective.

No one cares what Rush says about this (4.00 / 1)
He has his sizable army of dittohead listeners who agree with him already, and nobody else pays any attention to him.

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It's not all Republicans ... (4.00 / 2)
the wingnuts hate Powell(why, I don't know) .. it's the Rockefeller/Eisenhower Republicans(how many are left .. I don't know) that love Powell .. hell even the Brokaw types love Powell ... so OxyCotin man is treading on pretty thin ice here

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We can use this to our advantage (4.00 / 2)
If we can get the message out that people like Rush and some Republicans are saying Powell is racist, that's a great win for our side. Average people will be repulsed by that.

So, every white American who endorses McCain is racist? (4.00 / 2)
Only the logical conclusion from Limbaugh's axiom that it's racist to endorse a candidate who has the same skin color as you. But of course, Limbaugh has never been good on logic, and he certainly didn't want his one time statment to become a precedent. Just like the Supremes in 2000.

Endorsement huge (4.00 / 2)
McCain is using the closing days to try to convince low information voters that Obama is a terrorist.  (Seriously.)  As Josh Marshall points out:

For the McCain campaign, Bill Ayers has nothing to do with 60s radicalism. Ayers is nothing more than a tool that permits McCain, Palin and all their surrogates to use the noun "terrorist" in polite company in the same sentence as "Obama," over and over and over again. It allows them to cobble together a 'respectable' version of those Obama smear emails they can push in commercials and robocalls and surrogate talking points every hour of every day.

Powell appeals to the same crowd (among swing voters, at least) that might buy into this.

Live, from NY... (0.00 / 0)
Has anyone noticed that no one in the media is talking about that adorable Sarah Palin and her spot on SNL?  It has been completely buried by the Powell endorsement.

That's showbiz!  :)


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