- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 28, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

GOP must be inclusive,” Page 1, Monday). Mr. Powell endorsed Barack Obama over the Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, in the last presidential election. He defended his decision by saying he always votes for the candidate he thinks is best qualified. Evidently Mr. McCain’s many years of service in the Senate did not measure up to Mr. Obama’s single Senate term (which he did not complete). Mr. Powell also noted that he has voted for past Democratic presidents such as Jimmy Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson - not exactly icons in the conservative movement.

Mr. Powell represents the new wave of front-running politicians who never take a stand on an issue until the polling results are in or the teleprompter is online. Maybe he should put down “The Audacity of Hope” and start reading John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage.”

The term RINO (Republican in Name Only) fits him like a glove. Mr. Powell repeatedly passed on the chance to run for president as a Republican. If the party is as noninclusive as he thinks, why didn’t he make an effort to change matters? If Mr. Powell is still a Republican, why is it that the only time we hear from him is when he is bashing the Republican Party? Even Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, abandoned the charade when the seas got rough. Mr. Specter may be a political traitor, but at least he is not a hypocrite.

EMMETT LAUER

Silver Spring

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