If I had to choose in terms of being a Republican, I'd go with Rush Limbaugh. My take on it was Colin had already left the party. I didn't know he was still a Republican.
Slightly taken aback, host Bob Schieffer asked Cheney whether he truly thought Powell was "not a Republican."I just noted he endorsed the Democratic candidate for president this time, Barack Obama. I assumed that that is some indication of his loyalty and his interest
While Cheney defined the move as a product of Powell's changing politics; Limbaugh has insisted the endorsement was race-based.
Today on ABC's This Week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) also said, "I don't want to moderate either. I think our policies, the principles of our party, are as viable today as they have been in the past."