The Republicans are like the gang that couldn't shoot straight. They've been attacking Colin Powell ever since he put a voice to some of his complaints about the GOP. Who is America siding with in this debate?
As Colin Powell fires back against Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh in the latest skirmish in the battle over the future of the Republican Party, a new national poll indicates that Americans have a much more favorable opinion of Powell than Cheney or Limbaugh.
The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Monday, suggests that 70 percent have a favorable opinion of Powell, who was Secretary of State during President George W. Bush's first term, and who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Persian Gulf War.
Only 30 percent of those polled have a favorable view of Limbaugh, the popular conservative radio talk show host, with 53 percent saying they hold an unfavorable opinion.
In poll numbers released Thursday, 37 percent say they have a favorable opinion of Dick Cheney, with 55 percent indicating they hold an unfavorable view of the former vice president.
I haven't seen a poll including Karl Rove, but outside of his FOX audience, his numbers would be in the basement and he too hates Colin Powell:
WALLACE: Dick Cheney said if it’s a battle between or a choice between Rush Limbaugh and Colin Powell, he sides with Limbaugh. You?
ROVE: I -- yes, if I had to pick between the two. But you know what? That’s -- neither one of those are candidates. Neither one of those are going to be people who are offering themselves for office.
I'm no fan of Colin, the role he played to persuade American that we should attack Iraq will never be forgotten, but it's interesting to see the GOP rip themselves apart.
Here's Colin Powell on Face the Nation:
"You can only do two things with a base. You can sit on it and watch the world go by, or you can build on it. I believe we should build on it." - Colin Powell today on "Face The Nation," responding to Dick Cheney's comment that he would choose Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell.
At this point, only the most extreme right wingers will get any kind of support from their base so I'd like to thank them. Keep up the good work!