Yes, Colin Powell Deserves a Spot in the Republican Party

The final straw here, though, is the snide reference to those Nelson Rockefeller types of people. For those of you who have spent some time steeped in Empire State politics, you'll know that there are plenty of us who spent decades self-identifying as "the Rockefeller Republicans."  Yes, we may have been more liberal on the social issues than our more Southern and flyover state brethren. Or, at best, we took a states' rights stance on many of those topics, knowing full well that some states would issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians while others would seek to issue hunting permits to trap them during months without an "R" in their names. That's just part of the diverse tapestry of America. Get used to it.

Nelson Rockefeller and his tribe of followers were the Northeast fiscal conservatives who realized that the government needed to be fair to industry and successful Americans as well as the poor and needy. They believed in free markets and still saw America as a land of opportunity where the poorest citizen could rise to the peaks of wealth and power by sheer dint of hard work and ambition, just as the Rockefeller family had done during the earliest days of the Union. And isn't that exactly what so many of you hard-core conservatives are crying out for today?

Colin Powell could do much worse than to be lumped in with the likes of Nelson Rockefeller. And the Republican Party could do far worse than to have diverse voices like that making up the choir. He surely will fail any number of litmus tests which some of you would set before him, but by now he has most assuredly earned the right to a place at the table and a voice in the party. Here, once again, is the exact quote from Rush Limbaugh on the subject:

Colin Powell represents the stale, the old, the worn-out GOP that never won anything. The party of Gerald Ford, Nelson Rockefeller, Bill Scranton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and those types of people.

On behalf of an entire generation of Rockefeller Republicans who don't find General Powell to be in any way unfit for the party, Mr. Limbaugh, may I politely invite you to plant a big ole' smooch on our tubby RINO behinds? You don't need Colin Powell? You don't need those "Rockefeller types of people"?  Well sir, if you are the 21st century face of the GOP, then I hope you keep losing elections until the old party has died off completely.  Let's just hope that Powell is right and there is, in fact, a new version waiting to emerge once again.