Why the Republicans are in trouble

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Rush Limbaugh, the titular head of the GOP, has made another pronouncement:

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"What Colin Powell needs to do is close the loop and become a Democrat instead of claiming to be a Republican interested in reforming the Republican Party," Limbaugh said on his radio show Wednesday.

Limbaugh also took aim at Powell's decision to endorse President Obama over John McCain during the presidential election, repeating his earlier sentiment that Powell's move was "solely based on race."

"He's just mad at me because I'm the one person in the country who had the guts to explain his endorsement of Obama," Limbaugh said. "It was purely and solely based on race."

Limbaugh was responding to a comment Powell had made during a speech Monday. To wit: "I think what Rush does as an entertainer diminishes the party and intrudes or inserts into our public life a kind of nastiness that we would be better to do without."

So, on one hand, we have a draft-dodging, radio-talk-show blowhard. On the other, a former four-star general of the Army, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State. If you're a Republican, which one of these people would you rather have representing your party to the national electorate? So far, every Republican who has dared to criticize Limbaugh has ended up groveling and apologizing to him a few days later. I don't think that will happen with Powell. It's too bad so few other Republican leaders have the stones to do the same. Limbaugh is leading the party off a cliff.

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