WHO IS THE REAL COLIN POWELL?….Daily Kos asks today, “Why is Colin Powell a Republican?” Unfortunately, he doesn’t even have a guess, let alone an answer. I’ve pondered this myself and have never come up with a good reason either.
Powell is Exhibit A for all those people who try to claim that the Republican party is not a hostage of the Christian right. He would probably have been a shoo-in for the GOP nomination in 2000 except for one thing: he’s pro-choice. The anti-abortion folks made it clear that they would fight to their last breaths to keep him off the ticket, and this was enough to make it clear to him that he couldn’t compete.
You really can’t win the Republican nomination without their support, and this means you have to toe their line. If this isn’t the definition of “held hostage,” I don’t know what is.