The Powell vision, to the extent he articulated it, was “sharing the wealth,” “close Guantanamo” and “be inclusive.” I would offer this thought for those who wish to steer the Republican party in a dramatically different direction – your message can’t be, “why can’t Republicans be more like the Democrats” and then be surprised that people charge that you’re a closet Democrat.
The charge against Powell isn't so much that he's a closet Democrat. That would imply that he pretends to be a Republican, but secretly is more closely aligned with the Democrats. Fact it: This simply isn't much of a secret. The charge against Powell is more that everything he publicly supports makes him a Democrat; he just hasn't admitted it yet.