WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican centrist who is popular with moderate voters, intends to skip the GOP convention in New York that will nominate President Bush for a second term.
“The secretary does not plan to attend,” State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said Tuesday. He drew attention to Powell’s remarks last week at a convention of minority journalists that he was obliged as secretary not to take part in “parochial debate.”
It’s no secret that Powell is seen by many of the neocons as a weak sister in their hardline approach to the world. Plus, Powell is on the record as being pro-choice and in favor of affirmative action. No need to remind people that there are moderates in the Republican party when the ‘wingers run the show.