Baloney! Powell is a Dem all respects and is supporting the zero. They need to nominate a true conservative with principles and then hold everyone's feet to the fire of those principles. People will rally to and follow a real leader, but the Reps don't want that as can be seen by all the nominies since Reagan.
From what Bruce stated, it seems that every effort to appeal to any minority, while not being robust, was taken over by the Romney people and squashed. That is the type of nominee the establishment Reps want, a milquetoast that, if not destined to lose, does his level best to lose.