General Powell served his country as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later as United States Secretary of State under George W. Bush. Powell, a moderate Republican, spoke to ABC News and said that the extremists, including the birthers, are destroying the Republican Party. This is a sentiment expressed by a few other brave Republican moderates, including Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) who said that the Republicans should tell the birthers that they are “crazy.”
Powell calls birtherism “nonsense” and an example of an “idiot presentation” that is to blame for the Party’s low approval rating.
Republicans have to stop buying into things that demonize the president. I mean, why aren’t Republican leaders shouting out about all this birther nonsense and all these other things? They should speak out. This is the kind of intolerance that I’ve been talking about where these idiot presentations continue to be made and you don’t see the senior leadership of the party say, ‘No, that’s wrong.’ In fact, sometimes by not speaking out, they’re encouraging it. And the base keeps buying the stuff.
And it’s killing the base of the party. I mean, 26 percent favorability rating for the party right now. It ought to be telling them something. So, instead of attacking me or whoever speaks like I do, look in the mirror and realize, ‘How are we going to win the next election?