by John Hawkins | May 11, 2009 11:09 am
Dick Cheney, who is probably one of the most honest politicians you’ll ever run across in Washington, gave an answer to a question that would no doubt horrify many of the effette, establishment Republicans in DC, even if they wouldn’t have the guts to admit it publicly,
Schieffer brought up recent banter about the Republican Party’s future: “Rush Limbaugh said the other day that the party would probably be better off if Colin Powell left and just became a Democrat. Colin Powell said Republicans would be better off if they didn’t have Rush Limbaugh out speaking for them. Where do you come down [on this]?”
“Well, if I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I’d go with Rush Limbaugh, I think,” Cheney replied. “I think my take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican.”
“So you think that he’s not a Republican?”
“I just noted he endorsed the Democratic candidate for president this time, Barack Obama,” Cheney said. “I assumed that is some indication of his loyalty and his interest.”
“And you said you would take Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell.”
“I would, politically.”
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Setting aside the fact that only Ronald Reagan and perhaps Newt Gingrich could be honestly said to have done as much for the conservative movement over the last 20 years as Rush Limbaugh, it’s also worth noting who supported whom when it mattered.
Rush Limbaugh, who famously despises John McCain, supported him down the stretch while Colin Powell, who has been championing the policies of moderate Republicans like John McCain, supported Barack Obama.
While anybody is welcome to vote for a Republican candidate, the moment you vote for a Democrat, you’ve lost all moral authority to start telling the GOP what it should do. As far as I’m concerned, that goes for all the people who were trashing Sarah Palin during the election and the people who are non-stop attacking conservatives right now for the amusement of the media. This ain’t pick-up basketball. You don’t get to just switch teams whenever you feel like it and then expect there to be no hard feelings afterwards.
Obviously, that doesn’t mean you can’t criticize Republicans and conservatives. It also doesn’t mean that we all need to have the same opinions.
But, there are certain lines you don’t cross.
In my book, one of those lines is voting for a Democrat for President and another is trying to ingratiate yourself with the mainstream media by savaging the conservative movement.
Powell has crossed both those lines and while he’s welcome to vote Republican, I don’t give a d*mn what he thinks about politics.
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