Republicans Need Colin Powell
Joe Scarborough: Embrace Powell, or party may not survive
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2013 1:46 PM CST
President Obama talks with reporters after a meeting with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, left, in 2010.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Colin Powell's criticism of the GOP Sunday did not go over well with many members of his party—but Joe Scarborough thinks moderate, electable Powell is exactly what Republicans need. As the late William F. Buckley put it, conservatives need to take reality into account. Or as Scarborough puts it on Politico, "History casts an unforgiving eye on political parties that don’t adapt to changing times." So the GOP is doomed if it can't "keep pace with the rapid change in demographic realities." That means voting for someone electable, if moderate, rather than continuing to champion far-right candidates (or, as Scarborough puts it, "idiots") who will never win a general election.

Powell is that electable-but-moderate choice. Sure, Scarborough used to scoff at him back in the '90s, but he now understands that Republicans are actually lucky Powell still considers himself one of them. "This war hero with historic accomplishments ... should still be one of the leading voices of my Republican Party, especially since it faces demographic trends that could spell its doom," writes the MSNBC host and former congressman. If the GOP actually starts listening to and using Powell, it could also start winning elections again. If not, the party may not survive. Click for Scarborough's full column.

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Telos
Jan 19, 2013 1:29 AM CST
Like another hole in our heads.
cornelison
Jan 16, 2013 4:05 AM CST
Republicans don't want Powell. The GOP is looking for ways to control all 3 branches of the federal govt. without winning the popular vote. The model is the gerrymandering of Pennsylvania. All red & blue states with GOP governors will make sure that the next Mitt Romney will win The White House. A Democrat could have 10 million more votes and lose to a tea party degenerate. Powell wants nothing to do with rigging and stealing elections. He'd never accept someone like Paul Ryan winning the presidency over Hillary Clinton - even if Clinton won 20 million more votes.
Ucantusethatname
Jan 15, 2013 11:45 PM CST
No, the country does not need a general who never finds an adequate rationale to fight anyone. War will not go away. And we need a leader who will fight when it happens.