Posted on | January 24, 2013 | 19 Comments
I still recall with fondness then-JCS Chairman General Powell around 20 years ago speaking to us in a college setting. At the time, his sheer command presence had me thinking that he could well be our first black POTUS. And now he’s reduce to taking pot shots at women who are not (at the moment) even in any political spotlight:
There are two Republican Latino governors, and Republican governors in Louisiana and South Carolina whose parents came from India. This is the party that Powell claims “still looks down on the minority.”
To “prove” his assertion that Republicans are a bunch of intolerant rednecks, Powell dredged up exactly two examples.
When President Obama was trying to hoodwink the American public into believing that the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was something other than what it was, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said, “President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.”
Powell objected to Palin’s use of the term “shuck and jive.” “That’s a racial-era slave term,” he said. Now if I really wanted to be testy about this, I could ask Powell, “And your point would be what, exactly?” But I’ll just use this rejoinder instead: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was New York state attorney general in 2008, used precisely the same term, about the same guy.
Referring to then-presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, Cuomo said, “You can’t shuck and jive at a press conference.”
So you see, Gen. Powell, there is bipartisan recognition of Obama’s “shucking and jiving.”
Read the whole thing. Great punch line.
Powell himself is kind of old news, but Gregory Kane is a great columnist, and well worth your attention.