NBC host David Gregory at least suggested to Powell he wasn't very Republican before cuing up his endless 600-plus-word answer. But he offered no challenge as Powell attacked the "dark vein of intolerance" coming from Sarah Palin and other conservatives. Powell lashed into Palin for saying Obama was "shucking and jiving" on Benghazi, but he said nothing about Biden insisting Republicans want blacks "back in chains." Powell voted for Biden, twice, too.
In the next segment, Gregory turned Powell's indictment on former RNC chairman Haley Barbour: "He talks about a deep vein of intolerance within the Party. How did that sit with you?" Barbour not only failed to defend today's GOP on racism, he repeated that Powell the Obama Voter fits in the Republican "mainstream." Worse yet, Gregory asked Republican consultant Mike Murphy: "You've had a lot of these similar critiques. Your thoughts about Colin Powell this morning?"
Murphy said he was happy to hear Powell's "still a Republican," and "I'd invite him to come back home and help us modernize and strengthen the party. We could use him."
Mike Murphy and his friends in the media are on the very same page: To "modernize" the Republican Party is to put conservatism through a shredder. On NBC back in November, Murphy warned if "we don't modernize conservatism, we can go extinct ... We've got to get kind of a party view of America that's not right out of Rush Limbaugh's dream journal."
By the by, how does one "modernize" principles?
Limbaugh's dream is Reagan's dream. You can't be against Rush and for Reagan.
In 2004, these same TV "news" people denounced Sen. Zell Miller for ripping his former party at the GOP convention. NBC's Andrea Mitchell denounced him for "a red meat speech, in fact a raw meat speech, which in fact misstates a lot of Kerry's record." On ABC, George Stephanopoulos whined, "Zell Miller was on a tirade. I mean, he was red faced, red meat for the red states." On MSNBC, both Chris Matthews and David Gergen compared Miller to "axe wielding segregationist" Democrat Lester Maddox.
Our transparently partisan media elite believes only one party should be embarrassed for its alleged extremism. Only one party must moderate or die. The Republicans must always move left. The liberal media is always holding up a plastic cup of "compromise" Kool-Aid and demanding the GOP drink up. Republicans should listen to this advice, knowing the correct response is always to do the opposite.