Dick Cheney: Colin Powell isn’t a Republican Anymore

Former vice president Dick Cheney kept up the bad blood between himself and former Sec. of State Colin Powell by saying that he thought Powell wasn’t even in the GOP anymore. He used Rush Limbaugh as the political standard for being a Republican.

Here is the video from Think Progress:

Host Bob Schieffer asked where Cheney comes down in the Colin Powell/Dick Cheney debate. Cheney said, “Well, if I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I’d go with Rush Limbaugh, I think. I think my take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican.”

Schieffer asked, “So you think that he’s not a Republican?” Cheney answered, “I just noted he endorsed the Democratic candidate for president this time, Barack Obama. I assumed that that is some indication of his loyalty and his interest.”
Cheney’s answer to that question is an example of the denial and delusion going on within the GOP. The problem is Colin Powell, not the Republican Party.

There are two points that you have to remember when putting Cheney’s comments into context. First, Powell and Cheney fought against one another when they were in the Bush administration over issues like Iraq and torture. They don’t like each other, and Cheney and Rumsfeld were behind forcing Powell out of the Bush administration.

Secondly, Dick Cheney is a Rush Limbaugh fan boy. In March on CNN, Cheney said of Rush, “Rush is a good friend. I love him. I think he does great work and has for years. He has now offered to debate President Obama on his radio show. Hell, I’d pay to see that. … I think Rush is a good man and serves a very important purpose.”

The big story here isn’t that Cheney would support Rush, but that Cheney would agree with Limbaugh’s definition of a real Republican. To me, this is more evidence that Limbaugh is the intellectual leader of the Republican Party right now.

This works out great for Rush because he will never have to take the blame as Republicans keep losing elections. The results of the Republican quest for ideological for purity will be a far right political faction that is nothing more than a regional party.

13 Replies to “Dick Cheney: Colin Powell isn’t a Republican Anymore”

  1. Is Dick Chenney out of his mind or… could it be dementia? He chooses a ridiculous, pompous, racist clown over a dignified, intelligent man as is Colin Powell?!!!! Wow.

  2. By Cheney’s definition, a pragmatist like Abe Lincoln would be unacceptable for Republican membership – much less a progressive like Teddy Roosevelt. A genuine secularly libertarian conservative like Barry Goldwater would probably not want to be in today’s G.O.P., if his scathing comments regarding its takeover by religious fundamentalists are any indication.

  3. You have to hand it to Dick Cheney, He does have a back bone, unlike all the other liberals and but kissing republicans. He is standing for what he believes, while everyone else is afraid to speak up against this administration because we have a white/black president. We need more people like Dick Cheney.

  4. The republican party needs to kick dick chenney out of the party. Since he came close to facing his maker several times he is now at the stage where he is no longer rational. No wonder he destroyed naive george bush and insured the election of barrack hussein obama.. Barrack Hussein Obama should erect an altar to george w bush and now add the picture of dick cheney to it so that he can give thanks every day to both of them for having made certain that he barrack hussein obama (no relation to saddam hussein) was elected president of the united states. As to cheney I say to him in the words of oliver cromwell ” You have been here to long for any good you are doing, in God’s name go and let us be done with you”.

  5. I am a lifelong Democrat, and my husband is a Republican. During the last few months, we have both watched the Republican party disintegrate. I am astounded at the sheer idiocy of their message, and the ridiculous pronouncements I have heard. My husband walks around shaking his head in disgust at each new development. His take is that if the Republican party wants to continue as a viable entity, they need people other than “rich, old, white men” (btw, my husband is a 50 yr old, white man) to lead them into “reality”. He is at a loss as to how to explain why the party he believes in would put Rush Limbaugh up as the de facto leader of the GOP. His response to this story was that “Dick Cheney is entitled to his opinion, but I would vote for Colin Powell in a hot minute if he ever ran for office.” As for me, I believe in a two party system. I think it strengthens us as a nation. I want intelligent debate, and I want everyone’s voice to be heard (even ones I don’t agree with). I just think it would be better if the GOP actually said something that made sense. If they keep shooting themselves in the foot, they won’t be able to get anyone elected, or anyone to take their message seriously.

  6. If there is any justice in this country Cheney will soon be charged with engineering the largest theft of public and private funds – probably the most colossal theft in history, and jump-starting the present financial crisis. Just two of Cheney’s many “accomplishments” are the “secret” meeting with heads of major oil companies prior to the beginning of the petroleum products price spike and his old company, Halliburton’s, no-bid government contract to be the umbrella caterer for the inexplicable Iraq war. These two feats were master strokes of theft. Although he was born too late for Hitler’s Germany, Cheney and his guru (Rush Pussbag, prescription doper) both meet historical standards to join Hitler’s inner circle.

  7. Republicans must cringe everytime this guys speak, much like the Democrats did when Jesse Jackson spoke. One is to the left, one is to the right but both are opportunistic, arrogant, guys.

    Personally, as an independent who believes you should always avoid extremes for the most part, I’m sick of soft, pillsbury dough-boys like Cheney, Rove, and Lim baugh, who are living a great life in this country without sacrificing a whole lot, walking around so angrily. It’s small- minded and selfish. What the hell these guys have to be so angry about?!

    I’ll like to see them laid off a job they’ve put over 20 years into, not because they are lousy at it, but because some a-hole in a corner office can’t think outside the box, and doesn’t give a damn!!!! Or try living from paycheck to paycheck.

    Cheney needs to shut the hell up, and go sit down somewhere. Average Joe and Josephine America, trying to carve out a survival, is sick of hearing him wine!!!!

  8. Osama Bin Laden stands up for what he believes in, as well. That would be: DEATH TO AMERICA AND ITS ALLIES! Do you respect and honor Osama because he “stands up for what he believes” ? Nice logic, you freaking pin-head.

  9. It was Cheney who pushed for intelligence that Iraq had WMD and berated or demoted his own people if they disagreed.

    It was Cheney and his team who sculpted the argument to invade Iraq based on their having WMD.

    It was Cheney who insisted Iraq still had WMD even years after we invaded and found nothing.

    It was Cheney who pressed the President to keep his old boss Rumsfield when were in trouble in Iraq even though he had clearly miscalculated the Iraqi insurgency and had not prepared any type of endgame for after the invasion.

    It was Cheney and his stubbornness and ramrod politics that can be blamed for much of the loss Republicans have taken in the last couple of elections.

    So I ask Mr. Cheney as a longtime Republican ,”Who has endangered the United States and why should anyone listen to your advice on who should lead now?”

  10. Dick (draft dodging Cheney) insults General Colin Powell by saying he believes the republican party should follow Rush Limbaugh.. Dick is a very small (minded) man. While I voted for Obama, I believe he really needs a substantial opposition party to contribute to the formation of a modern American. Such an opposition party will never form with likes of Cheney and Rush Limbaugh leading it.

    Hell with this… I am going to call it like i see it you my friend are a bigot. It is obvious from your statement “..He is standing for what he believes, while everyone else is afraid to speak up against this administration because we have a white/black president.” .. that your problem is with Obama is the color of his skin.

    Eventually the republican party will right it’s ship and when they do… there will be no place for people like you and cheney… you will purged because America is moving on and there is no place for people like you in any american Political party that can actually complete… So you might as well start figuring out how to get yourself out of you rut….

  11. Barack Obama was elected because he maintained a consistant positive message (Hope & Change). While the message means whatever the individual wants it to mean and he never gave any real specifics, it worked. He is by far the least qualified President we have ever had and it shows in everything he does. He has either surrounded himself with incompetent neophytes or he refuses to listen to their advice. Either way his lack of qualification is brutally obvious. The saddest aspect of this is as the first black president he doesn’t represent the progress this country has made in putting the racial problems behind us. I’m not so naive to think that there are no racial issues but certainly it isn’t as bad as it was even 25 years ago.

    My disagreements with Mr. Obama are strictly philosophical, as I believe America isn’t arrogant but rather confident and rightly so. Unfortunately we are becoming a nation of conspicuous consumption and are on the road to being nothing more than consumers. Instead of bailing out poorly run companies and printing more money, thereby devaluing the dollar, we should be reexamining entitlement programs, locking out illegal immigrants and developing welfare to work programs which expands the tax base without increasing taxes. Lastly, the federal government is the most inefficient and ineffective organization in this country and can’t operate for profit companies, forget the fact that what they are doing is unconstitutional (read the 9th and 10th amendments). We are headed toward socialism which history proves doesn’t work and is Unconstitutional. Large corporations have already started moving operations offshore, the Obama administration will accelerate this process. I pray he will come to better understand what needs to be done and move in the right direction. I happen to think President Obama is right about Iraq and Afghanistan but applogizing to the world for “our arrogance” and denying our Judeo-Christian heritage is just wrong and innaccurate.

    As for Cheney and Limbaugh I believe they have a right to speak their minds as wrong as their opinions may be. Let’s face it Rush is a media whore, just trying to increase his ratings and will never step up to the plate and run for office. If conservatives don’t retake the republican party and offer a positive alternative to the current administrations policies Dems will continue to win elections and have their way. Personally, I like it when there is a balance and very little is accomplished in Washington because the great American market will turn the economy around on it’s own much faster. The Fed created this whole mess by pushing lending institutions to give mortgages to those whos shouldn’t have gotten one or at least shouldn’t have been approved for the ridiculous amounts many received. Bailouts, please, K-mart filed for bankruptcy and came out with enough cash to buy Sears. It is when the Fed forces the free market to do things it otherwise wouldn’t do that creates huge messes.

    I don’t believe I will ever recieve a penny from Social Security but worse than that is the debt that our children, grand-children and great grand-children will have to pay that scares the hell out of me. As the old saying goes the “government that governs least governs best.” All this bickering is just noise

  12. Barack Obama was elected because he maintained a consistant positive message (Hope & Change). While the message means whatever the individual wants it to mean and he never gave any real specifics, it worked. He is by far the least qualified President we have ever had and it shows in everything he does. He has either surrounded himself with incompetent neophytes or he refuses to listen to their advice. Either way his lack of qualification is brutally obvious. The saddest aspect of this is as the first black president he doesn’t represent the progress this country has made in putting the racial problems behind us. I’m not so naive to think that there are no racial issues but certainly it isn’t as bad as it was even 25 years ago.

    My disagreements with Mr. Obama are strictly philosophical, as I believe America isn’t arrogant but rather confident and rightly so. Unfortunately we are becoming a nation of conspicuous consumption and are on the road to being nothing more than consumers. Instead of bailing out poorly run companies and printing more money, thereby devaluing the dollar, we should be reexamining entitlement programs, locking out illegal immigrants and developing welfare to work programs which expands the tax base without increasing taxes. Lastly, the federal government is the most inefficient and ineffective organization in this country and can’t operate for profit companies, forget the fact that what they are doing is unconstitutional (read the 9th and 10th amendments). We are headed toward socialism which history proves doesn’t work and is Unconstitutional. Large corporations have already started moving operations offshore, the Obama administration will accelerate this process. I pray he will come to better understand what needs to be done and move in the right direction. I happen to think President Obama is right about Iraq and Afghanistan but applogizing to the world for “our arrogance” and denying our Judeo-Christian heritage is just wrong and innaccurate.

    As for Cheney and Limbaugh I believe they have a right to speak their minds as wrong as their opinions may be. Let’s face it Rush is a media whore, just trying to increase his ratings and will never step up to the plate and run for office. If conservatives don’t retake the republican party and offer a positive alternative to the current administrations policies Dems will continue to win elections and have their way. Personally, I like it when there is a balance and very little is accomplished in Washington because the great American market will turn the economy around on it’s own much faster. The Fed created this whole mess by pushing lending institutions to give mortgages to those whos shouldn’t have gotten one or at least shouldn’t have been approved for the ridiculous amounts many received. Bailouts, please, K-mart filed for bankruptcy and came out with enough cash to buy Sears. It is when the Fed forces the free market to do things it otherwise wouldn’t do that creates huge messes.

    I don’t believe I will ever recieve a penny from Social Security but worse than that is the debt that our children, grand-children and great grand-children will have to pay that scares the hell out of me. As the old saying goes the “government that governs least governs best.” All this bickering is just noise

  13. Barack Obama was elected because he maintained a consistant positive message (Hope & Change). While the message means whatever the individual wants it to mean and he never gave any real specifics, it worked. He is by far the least qualified President we have ever had and it shows in everything he does. He has either surrounded himself with incompetent neophytes or he refuses to listen to their advice. Either way his lack of qualification is brutally obvious. The saddest aspect of this is as the first black president he doesn’t represent the progress this country has made in putting the racial problems behind us. I’m not so naive to think that there are no racial issues but certainly it isn’t as bad as it was even 25 years ago.

    My disagreements with Mr. Obama are strictly philosophical, as I believe America isn’t arrogant but rather confident and rightly so. Unfortunately we are becoming a nation of conspicuous consumption and are on the road to being nothing more than consumers. Instead of bailing out poorly run companies and printing more money, thereby devaluing the dollar, we should be reexamining entitlement programs, locking out illegal immigrants and developing welfare to work programs which expands the tax base without increasing taxes. Lastly, the federal government is the most inefficient and ineffective organization in this country and can’t operate for profit companies, forget the fact that what they are doing is unconstitutional (read the 9th and 10th amendments). We are headed toward socialism which history proves doesn’t work and is Unconstitutional. Large corporations have already started moving operations offshore, the Obama administration will accelerate this process. I pray he will come to better understand what needs to be done and move in the right direction. I happen to think President Obama is right about Iraq and Afghanistan but applogizing to the world for “our arrogance” and denying our Judeo-Christian heritage is just wrong and innaccurate.

    As for Cheney and Limbaugh I believe they have a right to speak their minds as wrong as their opinions may be. Let’s face it Rush is a media whore, just trying to increase his ratings and will never step up to the plate and run for office. If conservatives don’t retake the republican party and offer a positive alternative to the current administrations policies Dems will continue to win elections and have their way. Personally, I like it when there is a balance and very little is accomplished in Washington because the great American market will turn the economy around on it’s own much faster. The Fed created this whole mess by pushing lending institutions to give mortgages to those whos shouldn’t have gotten one or at least shouldn’t have been approved for the ridiculous amounts many received. Bailouts, please, K-mart filed for bankruptcy and came out with enough cash to buy Sears. It is when the Fed forces the free market to do things it otherwise wouldn’t do that creates huge messes.

    I don’t believe I will ever recieve a penny from Social Security but worse than that is the debt that our children, grand-children and great grand-children will have to pay that scares the hell out of me. As the old saying goes the “government that governs least governs best.” All this bickering is just noise

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