In an appearance on Meet the Press yesterday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell called some of the members of his party racists, but without actually saying so.
POWELL: There’s also a dark — a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? I mean by that that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that?
When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term.
When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that.
The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?
No doubt this will raise a huge stink with the True Believers who will label him as a RINO — he endorsed Obama! Twice! — and dismiss him as just another one of those who are so touchy. You know the type; they can’t take a joke, and who knew that “shuck and jive” is a racial slur anyway? Do you really think the GOP has a link to the Urban Dictionary on their intertubes?
I understand why Gen. Powell wants to remain a Republican: he has this optimistic hope that someday it will go back to the days of Jacob Javitz, Mark Hatfield, Charles Percy, and Nelson Rockefeller. And a lot of us would also like to see the Beatles cut one more album, pay 35 cents for a gallon of gas, and the Dick Van Dyke Show back on the air. In the current atmosphere of the GOP, I’ve got a better chance of seeing Rob trip over the ottoman before Gen. Powell gets his wish.