In an interview that will air this Sunday with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, General Colin Powell sounds off on Sarah Palin and her assertion that "small town values" are somehow better than values gleaned from elsewhere. In Powell's case, the South Bronx.
FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN ANCHOR: What do you think is going to happen to the Republican Party? You sounded concerned then, and you always have been concerned about certain aspects of your party. Do you think it's moving in the right direction?
POWELL: We don't know yet. I don't know yet.
I think that in the latter months of the campaign, the party moved further to the right. Governor Palin, to some extent, pushed the party more to the right. And I think she had something of a polarizing effect when she talked about small-town values are good.
Well, most of us don't live in small towns. And I was raised in the South Bronx, and there's nothing wrong with my value system from the South Bronx.
Republicans like to run around complaining about "elitism" and how liberals somehow look down on other non-liberals. Yet, for the majority of the campaign, Sarah Palin hit the stump time after time essentially flipping off large swaths of the country, in some cases even labeling them un-American. Republican hypocrisy is nothing new, of course, but it's pretty interesting how the "elitism" narrative only cuts one way. The GOP noise machine sure has done a good job of advancing these false narratives.