Condi, Oprah’s Miracle Couch and Stanford
Condoleezza Rice is in a time of transition. Changes occasioned by multiple scandals in the Bush Administration have turned things upside down. It so happens that Ms. Rice is mulling, among other things, a return to her digs at Stanford University in sunny Palo Alto, California. In the Times’ Diplomatic Memo, Cooper weighs the legacy of Condi and offers this nugget:
There was a time when, perhaps more than Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama, Condoleezza Rice seemed to have the best shot at becoming the first
woman or the first African-American to be president. But that was
before she sounded public alarms based on faulty intelligence to
justify the Iraq war, telling CNN, “We don’t want the smoking gun to be
a mushroom cloud.” It was before a former top Bush administration
colleague, David Kay,
charged with finding unconventional weapons after the Iraq invasion,
referred to Ms. Rice in Bob Woodward’s “State of Denial” as “probably
the worst national security adviser since the office was created.”
Does she really, really believe that nonsense? Condi never had a chance. Her personality and politics were ALWAYS far too flawed to be a compelling national candidate. A Black candidate has to get the Black vote to win – no matter how closely their politics dovetail with the inclinations of white supremacy prescriptions. While Condi has put a great of blood on her hands in service to her masters, the national calculus simply never supported her as a credible national candidate.
She could sit on Oprah’s coach until Tom Cruse becomes straight (how’s that workin’ out Katie?), but it would matter little.
Today, Ms. Rice, 52, continues to have far more star appeal than any
other of Mr. Bush’s top advisers. Just last month, GQ magazine ranked
her the most powerful person in Washington. Forbes has twice ranked her
as the world’s most powerful woman, and Time has listed her as one of
the world’s most influential people four times.
It is precisely because of this that Condi could never be a national candidate in these yet to be United States. With all of her acclaim and accomplishment, her legacy will not be one of contribution to her people. It will one of ill-timed shoe purchases, poorly planned vacations, deception leading to the death of over 600,000 people and accolades from psychopathic criminals and their apologists at GQ and Forbes and Time.
Medusa would have an easier time in front of a mirror.
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