Today on CBS’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer asked former Veep Dick Cheney about the spat — which I referenced earlier this week in this blog — between Rush Limbaugh and Colin Powell over the direction of the GOP. Cheney made it clear that he's with El Rushbo:
CHENEY: Well, if I had to choose — in terms of being a Republican — I’d go with Rush Limbaugh, I think. My take on it was that Colin had already left the party. I didn’t know he was still a Republican. [...]
SCHIEFFER: And you said you’d take Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell?
CHENEY: I would. Politically.
... And so, the Republicans continue their headlong "rush" to become the party of the right-wing fringe. They're down to about 21 percent of the voting public now. Can they shrink even more in the name of purity? Sure. If they keep purging people like Colin Powell and genuflecting to the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Cheney, etc., their constituency will mostly consist of people who are: over 50; white; socially conservative (anti-gay, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion); less-educated; Southern; fundamentalist Christian; rural; gun-rights activists. Not exactly the way the country (or the world) is trending.
So, good luck with that.