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Colin Powell, Republican Strategist?
Henry P. Wickham, Jr
Colin Powell appeared on CNN’s Larry King Show on Tuesday evening. In the wake of his endorsement of Barack Obama, some conservatives have suggested that he leave the Republican Party. Powell’s response to King was defiant, “I decide what party I am going to be in.” He then offered advice to the Republican Party for improving its electoral prospects.
When one takes to the national airwaves and asserts his allegiance and offers his wisdom to the Party, this assumes both political and moral standing. There must be a perception in the audience of good faith that has been earned and maintained. Powell is not entitled to this assumption or this perception because of his actions while Secretary of State in the Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame “scandal” that were so damaging to President Bush.
From July of 2003 until September of 2006 the Bush Administration was embroiled in the Wilson/Plame scandal, and Powell contributed to its duration and the severity of its effect. What this media-driven scandal lacked in political hysteria and cheap theatrics, it made up in layers of deceit.
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