In the latest attempt at figuring out how to give the GOP the makeover of a lifetime, former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave his version of the Grand Reform on “Face the Nation” Sunday. Criticizing the “diktats” of the far right and their “shrill” and “judgmental” tone, he spoke of broadening the base to win people back. As usual, Karl Rove readily fired back.

The New York Times:

Colin L. Powell challenged Dick Cheney on the legacy of the Bush administration and the future of the Republican Party on Sunday, declaring that Republicans should not bow to “diktats that come from the right wing.”

The remarks by Mr. Powell, a former secretary of state, amounted to a public rebuttal of Mr. Cheney, the former vice president, and Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio commentator, who have questioned Mr. Powell’s Republican credentials and suggested that he should leave the party.

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