Former Secretary of State Colin Powell joked that he identifies as a Republican to annoy the GOP’s right-wing.
“Yes, I’m still a Republican,” he said about his party affiliation during the Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, D.C., according to the Daily Mail.
“I want to continue to be a Republican because it annoys them,” Powell quipped to host Walter Isaacson.
“I think the party has shifted much further right than where the country is and it should be obvious to party leaders that they cannot keep saying and doing the things that they were doing and hope to be successful in national-level election in the future, not just in 2016,” he added.
Joking or not I have little doubt that Colin Powell really does frustrate and irritate many Republican politicians because he is one of the few members of the Bush administration who came out with most of his reputation intact and he has not been shy about criticizing both his former administration and his current political party.
I remember that there was a time when the Republicans were pushing Powell to run for President.
Oh how times have changed.