I'm thinking he is a RINO. And RINO's do serve honorably. The Democratic party of decades ago was simply one that we could disagree with and many in the military were simply good old-fashioned Democrats. However, Socialism infiltrated the party long ago; and I suspect Powell is drinking in the Kool-Aid. The irony is that many Americans would have loved to see him as POTUS, myself included, and he could have done quite well in the bi-partisnship arena. No longer!