Colin Powell today had some harsh words for his own party that are getting a lot of attention – though it's nothing new to hear harsh words from Powell about the GOP.
He told ABC that the Republican establishment needs to loudly reject the "birther nonsense" because it's "it's killing the base of the party," resulting in a recent 26% favorability rating.
"Why aren't Republican leaders shouting out about all this birther nonsense and all these other things? They should speak out," said Powell. "These idiot presentations continue to be made and you don't see the senior leadership of the party say, 'No, that's wrong.' In fact, sometimes by not speaking out, they're encouraging it."
Powell admitted that his recent attacks on the GOP have left people wondering why he's still a Republican. He explained, "I grew up under Ronald Reagan and Cap Weinberger and George Schultz and George Herbert Walker Bush - that's the Republican party I know...and I think we've drifted from that."