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Colin Powell Distressed by Palin's Impact on Republicans

December 12, 2008 · Leave a Comment

In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Colin Powell elaborates on earlier comments about the divisions on the Republican party wrought by Palin.

Powell said:

Gov. Palin, to some extent, pushed the party more to the right, and I think she had something of a polarizing effect when she talked about how small town values are good. Well, most of us don’t live in small towns. And I was raised in the South Bronx, and there’s nothing wrong with my value system from the South Bronx.

And when they came to Virginia and said the southern part of Virginia is good and the northern part of Virginia is bad. The only problem with that is there are more votes in the northern part of Virginia than there are in the southern part of Virginia, so that doesn’t work.

Watch parts of the interview here:

Powell’s comments only touch on the rural  vs. urban-suburban divide.  And while Powell didn’t go this far, I think the clear extension of his comments can be drawn by an understanding of the demographics of those populations.  Rural America is, by and large, Christian and white.  Urban America is racially and religiously diverse.  At its core, the rural white Christian populism is simply too narrow and too alienating to everyone else to be able to hold majority power.

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