She’s Good, Ain’t She? (UPDATEDx2)
Former Secretary of State’s Condoleezza Rice’s speech was, in a word, awesome.I didn’t necessarily agree with everything she said, but half the time I had an objection, she responded with a point that would have undermined it before I could finish my thought. While articulating a clear vision, she avoided the ugliness and partisanship that has so marred this election cycle. She focused more on ideology than policy, on values than plans… and I think demonstrated the best of what the Republican Party and, more broadly, conservatism has to offer. If the GOP was more like her, I’d venture to guess that the country would be more like the GOP.
Disclaimer: I will totally cop to having a soft spot for
Mrs.Rice for the reasons listed below. If they have colored my analysis here… well… meh…
1.) When some of my fellow classmates decided to protest her speaking engagement at graduation by standing up, turning their backs, and/or walking out, I was disgusted. I understood that they had ideological differences with her, but they somehow thought that ruining their own graduation ceremony and insulting and demeaning possibly the most accomplished black women in American history showed what good little liberals they were? Fuck that.
2.) She is one of a few politicians, and likely the only conservative one, who has yet to make me make the Scooby Doo confused noise. You know the one…
I inaccurately and disrespectfully referred to Condoleezza Rice as Mrs. Rice. I wrongly assumed she was married and ignored the higher and proper title of Dr. This was done out of ignorance. I have corrected it here in the original post and when I have more time, will go back through the comments and edit those. In the meantime, I apologize for whatever
respect disrespect I might have conveyed for Dr. Rice or any others with my inaccurate references. Thanks to those who pointed out my error.