Thursday, December 11, 2008

Colin Powell Must Be Reading Progressive Alaska

I've been calling Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin the most polarizing person in American politics since late September. Here's Gen. Colin Powell:


Update - Friday 11:00 a.m: Both the Anchorage Daily News and The Mudflats have today picked up on this snip from Gen. Powell's upcoming interview on CNN. And both have transcriptions of the important part of Powell's remarks. The Mudflats also offers a short essay on the importance of his statement. Here's a snip:

[A]ccording to Powell, there’s “nothing wrong with having socially conservative views.” While it sounds awfully nice and inclusive to say that, in many ways those views are part of the problem. There are some major land mines in social conservatism. Freedom to marry comes to mind. One could substitute the word “marriage” for the word “Virginia” and produce the same effect of alienating and demeaning an entire group of people. “Real marriage” is fine. “Other” marriage….well, that’s just plain wrong, even though it denies an entire group of people the freedoms, rights, benefits and privileges that the rest of us “real” married people enjoy. There are more straight people than gay people, so using Powell’s logic, that’s OK. It will “work” because it will win. There’s no problem.


I wanted to comment more on this yesterday, when I first saw the promo clip, but I was giving finals and grading papers from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. I think I'll wait until Monday to comment, after I'm done hosting Dr. Riki Ott's firedoglake Book Salon appearance on Sunday.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this. When I speak to Republican lawmakers about ideas that they don't like, their eyes glaze over and I know I have lost the conversation. You can't talk to MOST of them about what isn't on their pre-fabbed agenda because it just doesn't register. The Republican Party does need to start listening. They need to reach out to ALL their constituents.

The Democrats though also need to do some thinking. I switched parties to Dem this past year. My husband stayed Republican. The Dems hurt themselves with me when I saw the SARCASTIC ads that they sent to the Republicans. It bothered me that there is access to what party people choose to be and that Begish and Berk didn't publicly demand that they stop. The negativity was just politics as usual and showed that no matter what we thought of the people that they'd not be a breath of fresh air.

Anonymous said...

No mention of your favorite D buddy Rahm. He is polarizing at all.

Apparently he was one of the emissaries to Mr. Clean Governor of Illinois.

Philip Munger said...

I haven't commented on Rahm Emanuel's selection by Obama to be his chief-of-staff. At least here, at PA. I was disappointed, but decided to wait and see....

I was born in Chicago, my mom was born, raised and grew up there. Both sides of Chicago and Illinois politics have been among the most corrupt in this country for generations.

I will not be surprised if Emanuel is brought down as one of the casualties of the Blogdo slime.

Anonymous said...

gawd Phill, get over yourself...

big whooop if Powell is reading blogs in Alaska and a bigger whoop if he is reading yours...

"the most polarizing person in American politics..." is a comment stated by many and you are not the first to think of it... or state it...

sigh...

Philip Munger said...

Anon @ # 4 -

1) where's your snark meter, regarding what Gen. Powell reads.....

2) I began calling Gov. Palin "the most polarizing person in American Politics" in late September - the third week. Who stated that earlier than then?

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