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Where is ‘the center’ on Powell’s political map?

And how did Sarah Palin move the entire GOP to the right?

For Secretary of State Colin Powell, who in 2008 actively supported the ticket National Journal listed as 2007′s two most liberal senators, is once again advising the Republican Party to move to the center. I wonder if he means that if the GOP had moved even more to the center than it has, he would not have worked for a ticket that is moving the country so far to the left. Or perhaps the former Army general assumes that where the two most  liberal guys in the Senate are on the political map is the new center. He doesn’t elaborate.

Powell is in denial of polling data (here and here):

“Americans do want to pay taxes for services,” he said. “Americans are looking for more government in their life, not less.”

Anyway, there’s not much new in what he had to say. He’s still attacking Gov. Sarah Palin, although he preferenced his latest criticism with a backhanded compliment. And he doesn’t put the “blame” on the governor herself this time:

He also said that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s running mate last year, is “a very accomplished person” but became “a very polarizing figure.” He said the polarization was created by Palin’s advisers.

I guess Gov. Palin’s supporters should consider that an improvement over what Powell had to say in December, when he accused her of pushing the party to the right. I mean, we all know Alaska’s governor is a strong woman, but who knew that she could push an entire political party so far in any direction?

- JP

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