To the surprise of many, Condi Rice gave the best speech of the convention tonight in Tampa, Florida. To be honest, I have trouble watching conventions because I find it cloying listening to people speak in clipped, choppy lines of dialogue and while Rice’s speech was certainly scripted, it was also impassioned, serious, unafraid and inspiring.
Rice has been popular with the party through the Bush years but recently has carried with her the “taint” of the Bush Administration. Now we heard a lot about the battles among the foreign policy team of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell and Rice, but most of that information came from charlatans like Bob Woodward feeding off the gossip of backstabbers. I don’t know for certain how much of a voice she had in the administration but if she meant what she said tonight she qualifies as a Thatcherite, and I don’t use that term loosely.
You can also tell by her passion that she really wants to get back in the game. I thought after the Bush years that she had had her fill. No so.
John Podhoretz asked on Twitter, “When did she get this good?” I strongly suspect she always was, but it’s easier for her to shine now that she doesn’t have Karl Rove buzzing around her hive.
In a Channel 4 documentary on 9/11, former NSA head Condi Rice tells the story of “ordering” President Bush to stay out of Washington:
“I said: ‘You cannot come back here. The United States of America is under attack, you have to go to safety. We don’t know what is going on here’.
“He said: ‘I’m coming back’. I said: ‘You can’t’.
“I said to him in a raised voice, and I had never raised my voice to the president before, I said: ‘You cannot come back here’. I hung up.
“The president was quite annoyed with me to say the least.
“I’ve known the president a long time and I knew that he wanted nothing more than to be there at the helm of the ship.”
One of my biggest annoyances with the Bush-bashers is the criticism of his actions immediately following 9/11: staying in the classroom to finish the reading of My Pet Goat and calmly letting people know what had happened and then exiting the room. If Bill Clinton or Barack Obama had done this, we’d still be singing their praises for their calm, cool leadership. Then they try to say he was afraid to come back to Washington, which obviously isn’t true. You can disagree with a man political or philosophically, but when you make irrational charges, you’ve lost any respect you might have had coming.
Welcome to another addition of Retro Theater! On today’s show, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Poland to sign a missile agreement that will protect the European nation from the Russian Bear. Meanwhile, back in Washington, Democrats are doing what they can to protect the world’s largest rogue state.
“Go ahead and move on with research and development,” said Representative Ellen Tauscher, Democrat of California, who is chairwoman of the House subcommittee that oversees the missile defense program. “But as far as putting holes in the ground in Poland, we are saying no.”
Tune in tomorrow for more of “Hey, Remember The 80’s?“
Okay, so when will Al Sharpton hold a rally outside of XM Radio Headquarters and demand Opie and Anthony’s resignations?
Hint: The answer is “never.”
The Blogosphere is buzzing over the cheap shot from Senator Barbara Boxer that Secretary of State Condi Rice won’t pay a price for a surge of troops in Iraq as she has no “immediate family.”
You know, there’s a reason I didn’t sign that thank you note to Senator Boxer for standing up to CAIR last week. I knew she’d make up for it before long. To paraphrase Dennis Green, Barbara Boxer is who we thought she is, and one good move doesn’t make her ass crown-worthy.
The Confederate Yankee has an hilarious theory about the John Negroponte’s job change. I doubt it’s gonna happen, but it’s fun to think about: (Hat tip: Instapundit)
Negroponte is moving in to be in a position to take over for Rice, but not because Rice is going out of office, but up. Vice President Dick Cheney will resign due to much more plausible health problems (the poor guy has worn-out defibrillators, hasn’t he?), and Dr. Rice will step in as our first female Vice President sometime during the summer or early fall of 2007. She will then be “pushed” into running as the Republican contender against Hillary, setting up our first guaranteed female president as a result of the 2008 elections. At this point, Pat Robertson will quote some obscure translation of the Book of Revelations and declare this is proof of the End of Days, at which point we all laugh at him.