Without mentioning names, Powell singled out former Mitt Romney surrogate and New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu for calling Obama “lazy” and Sarah Palin, who, Powell charged, used slavery-era terms to describe Obama:
POWELL: There’s also a dark — a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? I mean by that that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that?
When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?
This isn't the only time that Powell or other prominent Republicans have mentioned the intolerance problem. But even with these repeated warnings, I see no signs that the Republican party plans or even wants to change. In fact, the whole motivation behind creating economic chaos with the budget and debt ceiling stems from a political party unable to come to terms with a Black President... especially a Black President who has been re-elected. There is no way you would have this kind of dysfunction and sabotage with a white Democrat as President. It is no coincidence that Republican opposition to working with Obama is primarily centered in the South. They are willing to sabotage the Country if it will mean Obama's second term and his overall Presidency are unsuccessful.