Video: Condi rocks it

posted at 11:36 pm on August 29, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

I can’t really say anything that will add to this, so I’ll let Secretary Rice take it away. The crowd here in the room was entranced.


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Now that’s a classic generic response if ever there was one. It fits everything and nothing.

VorDaj on August 30, 2012 at 1:18 AM

No. It fits you.

Solaratov on August 30, 2012 at 1:23 AM

It took almost 90 years from the founding for liberty to finally come to Rice’s people.

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 1:13 AM

“Rice’s people”? Just how far have “Rice’s people” brought Africa? How about Rice’s proxy people in the Middle East?

VorDaj on August 30, 2012 at 1:24 AM

No. It fits you.

Solaratov on August 30, 2012 at 1:23 AM

You are a very poor haberdasher.

VorDaj on August 30, 2012 at 1:25 AM

You are a very poor haberdasher.

VorDaj on August 30, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Good enough for the likes of you.

Solaratov on August 30, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Rice is stuck in the past and the distant past and just can’t move beyond it. It defines the whole world for her and likely will if she lives to 100.

VorDaj on August 30, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Best speech of the night? Unquestionably it was Ryan’s.

Second place was Rand Paul’s. And no, I can’t stand his father.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Fantastic speech. So many up and coming Repubs out there, who to pick in 2020?

RationalIcthus on August 30, 2012 at 1:29 AM

Some of you Rice fans should read what Dick Cheney said about her in his book. And you can bet he said a lot more that he didn’t put in his book.

VorDaj on August 30, 2012 at 1:35 AM

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 1:17 AM

OK, let’s do education:

Let me ask you, though, today, when I can look at your zip code and can tell whether you are going to get a good education – can I really say that it doesn’t matter where you came from – it matters where you are going. The crisis in K-12 education is a grave threat to who we are.

My mom was a teacher – I have the greatest respect for the profession – we need great teachers – not poor or mediocre ones. We need to have high standards for our students – self-esteem comes from achievement not from lax standards and false praise. And we need to give parents greater choice – particularly poor parents whose kids – most often minorities — are trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil rights struggle of our day.

If we do anything less, we will condemn generations to joblessness, hopelessness and dependence on the government dole. To do anything less is to endanger our global economic competitiveness. To do anything less is to tear apart the fabric of who we are and cement a turn toward grievance and entitlement.

So, I’m seeing “school choice” — and what are those code words for? The only valid interpretation is “vouchers”. And once you have “vouchers”, what can you do with them? Depends on policy, but two alternatives to the local public school are homeschooling and private schools — including religious ones.

I saw “lax standards and false praise” — do you get what she’s saying about social promotion and bad teachers?

I saw a strong tie-in of failed education with eventual dependency on the Government.

What do the words “grievance and entitlement” bring to mind?

I think Condi nailed this as one more place where Obama has not acted — nay — has acted against the interests of minorities (the DC Vouchers being a case in point).

Remember, she’s making a case about the status quo (which, after four years, is definitely Mr. Obama), as opposed to what would happen with Mssrs Romney and Ryan.

She’s not about to attack Mr. Obama by name, because she doesn’t have to — it would have antagonized Obama partisans with no discernable upside to our side. She’s basically telling everyone who voted for Mr. Obama the first time around — including blacks — that it’s preferable to make a different choice this time around.

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 1:36 AM

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 1:22 AM

I LIKE Condi-but as I said earlier…despite all that she’s accomplished…she’s still trapped in Birmingham. She has too much sympathy for the they- really-don’t-exist failestinians. Failestine is the problem-NOT Israel. They are NOT both culpable of evil.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 30, 2012 at 1:38 AM

“Rice’s people”? Just how far have “Rice’s people” brought Africa? How about Rice’s proxy people in the Middle East?

VorDaj on August 30, 2012 at 1:24 AM

Strange. I think the Race Card just had some funds added to it.

Condoleezza Rice is an African American. It’s obvious to anyone who looks at her. You might call her other names, but I think the color of her skin makes everything obvious as to her racial identity.

As to her national identity, I think that was obvious from her speech — America, with all its faults, is still the beacon that draws people from around the world, the one place where everyone really can live the American Dream. She even alluded to that when she indicated that her ambition was the only thing in America that bounded what she could do.

As for how far people who look like African Americans have brought Africa, well — that’s not the question here.

And I’ve addressed your issue about the Middle East in a previous comment about imperfect democracy.

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Some of you Rice fans should read what Dick Cheney said about her in his book. And you can bet he said a lot more that he didn’t put in his book.

Dick Cheney is an old man responsible for screwing the conservative cause for several years to come. People often criticize Condi for her pro choice stance. What about a guy who favors gay marriage? I understand he was put in the GW ticket so that GW didn’t look inexperienced. He represents all the bad things people associate with conservatism: crony capitalism and the like. It is noteworthy that this convention didn’t find it appropriate to have any of the Bushes nor Cheney attending. For God’s sake, even Jimmy Carter is speaking at the DNC! GW Bush kept America safe after 9/11. That was his greatest achievement. However his administration failed us in every other aspect, including the skyrocketing deficits that began under his watch. Condi was one of the few bright spots of the GW Bush era, which is why she deserved to be honored at the RNC.

p_incorrect on August 30, 2012 at 1:46 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 30, 2012 at 1:38 AM

I have empathy for the Palestinians too. And they and their country did exist — you can get that fact by reading Moshe Dayan’s autobiography.

I don’t have empathy for attacks on civilians, no matter from what quarter they come, and I support the sovereign right of nations — including the State of Israel — to respond with appropriate deadly force to said attacks.

I’mwas

A mosque, a Catholic Church, a boys’ school, a girls’ school, and a bunch of civilian homes. All destroyed by the Israelis because the village overlooked a key road in Israel.

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 1:48 AM

This was an establishment speech given by an establishment Republican. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Could have been worse, I suppose. With the obvious exception of the childhood anecdotes, Charlie Crist could have given this speech.

Sorry, but I’m just not buying that this was conservative nirvana or something.

I thought that Condi was a superb national security advisor. I thought that she was a competent (although not outstanding) secretary of state. I can’t conceive of her being the veep or president.

She isn’t a conservative. She wouldn’t be caught anywhere near a Tea Party gathering. She is establishment through and through.

She didn’t say anything about standing up for our liberty. She didn’t say anything about the tyranny that we are currently living under. She didn’t say anything about the Constitution.

How could she say this…

We need immigration laws that protect our borders, meet our economic needs, and yet show that we are a compassionate nation of immigrants.

…and not make one mention of the monstrosity that is O’BongoCare? Or the Porkulus? Or the unlawful takeover of GM? Or the raiding of Medicare? Or the debt?

We have immigration laws that protect our borders. Why couldn’t she mention that O’Bongo is suing states to keep them from dealing with illegal immigrants?

I don’t know why and I’m not going to speculate as to her motives but her speech was a big huge disappointment and a waste of time.

The rest of you can gush over this but I’m not.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 1:52 AM

So, I’m seeing “school choice” — and what are those code words for? The only valid interpretation is “vouchers”. And once you have “vouchers”, what can you do with them? Depends on policy, but two alternatives to the local public school are homeschooling and private schools — including religious ones.

I saw “lax standards and false praise” — do you get what she’s saying about social promotion and bad teachers?

I saw a strong tie-in of failed education with eventual dependency on the Government.

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 1:36 AM

You are seeing what you want to see. Fair enough. You are welcome to do that. I have to go by what she actually said and did not say.

I’m simply not into this “blank slate” that anyone can make what anyone wants to of a person. When you say stuff or don’t say stuff it has meaning.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 1:56 AM

She’s not about to attack Mr. Obama by name, because she doesn’t have to — it would have antagonized Obama partisans with no discernable upside to our side. She’s basically telling everyone who voted for Mr. Obama the first time around — including blacks — that it’s preferable to make a different choice this time around.

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 1:36 AM

I will make no apologies for antagonizing O’Bongo partisans. They are the enemies of liberty. Screw them.

The upside for our side is to indict him to the soft middle…the independents. These people need to have it explained to them. Don’t believe me? Check the poll numbers of people who still, after almost four years, believe that our current economic circumstances are GWB’s fault.

And no, she didn’t basically tell anyone who voted for O’Bongo that it’s preferable to make a different choice this time around. Listen, I hate to break it to you but it is a basic tenet of salesmanship that you have to actually “ask for the sale.” You have to close the deal. You close the deal by actually laying out a proposal and force your prospect to choose. She did not do that.

Winners close. Losers bitch and moan about how hard it is to get people to buy what they are trying (incorrectly) to sell.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Reagan was swindled by congress. Nice try.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 1:20 AM

haha, quick with the excuse….swindled ha, you are pathetic…

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 2:23 AM

She’s not about to attack Mr. Obama by name, because she doesn’t have to — it would have antagonized Obama partisans with no discernable upside to our side. She’s basically telling everyone who voted for Mr. Obama the first time around — including blacks — that it’s preferable to make a different choice this time around.

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 1:36 AM

I make no apologies for antagonizing O’Bongo partisans. They are the enemies of liberty. Screw them.

She’s basically saying nothing of the sort because if she had then it would be in the transcript. It isn’t.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Reagan was swindled by congress. Nice try.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 1:20 AM

here, retard, did the congress ‘swindle’ him to say this too:

This bill will “go far to improve the lives of a class of individuals who now must hide in the shadows, without access to many of the benefits of a free and open society,”

and

‘The act I am signing today is the product of one of the longest and most difficult legislative undertakings of recent memory. It has truly been a bipartisan effort, with this administration and the allies of immigration reform in the Congress, of both parties, working together to accomplish these critically important reforms. Future generations of Americans will be thankful for our efforts to humanely regain control of our borders and thereby preserve the value of one of the most sacred possessions of our people: American citizenship.’

R REAGAN

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Reagan was swindled by congress. Nice try.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 1:20 AM

haha, quick with the excuse….swindled ha, you are pathetic…

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 2:23 AM

And you are ignorant.

The IRCA of 1986 was sold as trading amnesty for existing illegals in exchange for a stop to further illegal immigration through “tough” employer sanctions for hiring them.

Employers exempted themselves from the IRCA of 1986 by subcontracting out illegals rather than employing them thereby circumventing the part of the law that was supposed to stop illegal immigration. It was an easily exploited loophole that congress allowed. Reagan was swindled into granting amnesty for what amounted to nothing in return.

So sorry that you are an idiot but thanks for playing.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 2:42 AM

The quality of liberal trolls is really quite crappy these days.

It’s like they are total morons or something.

Maybe they were taking way too many recreational drugs early on in life. Or they are just congenitally stupid.

Hmmm…hard to choose. Probably both, I suppose.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Wow, this post quickly turned into a Condi bashfest. Listen, you don’t have to agree with her on everything–you may even vigorously disagree with her on many things–but you can certainly tell that she loves America. For some people here, if someone fails a single litmus test, they are of no use. Condi is pure class. In fact, Condi is the anti-Michelle Obama: she is classy, fit, fashionable, talented, knowledgeable and patriotic.

andy85719 on August 30, 2012 at 3:26 AM

More than at any other time in history, greatness is built
on mobilizing human potential and ambition. We have always done
that better than any country in the world. People have come
here from all over because they have believed our creed of
opportunity and limitless horizons.

They have come here from the world’s most impoverished
nations just to make a decent wage. And they have come here
from advanced societies as engineers and scientists that fuel
the knowledge-based revolution in the Silicon Valley of
California, in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, along
Route 128 in Massachusetts, in Austin, Texas, and across this
great land.

We must continue to welcome the world’s most ambitious
people to be a part of us. In that way, we stay young and
optimistic and determined. We need immigration laws that
protect our borders, meet our economic needs, and yet show that
we are a compassionate nation of immigrants.

That is pure RINO talk for amnesty. Sorry, but it is. We didn’t accept it when it came out of McSlug’s mouth and we shouldn’t be happy to hear it come out of hers.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 12:37 AM

I’m sorry, what exactly do you disagree with in that part of the speech?

We are a nation of immigrants. I hope we stay one for the foreseeable future: it’s one of the things that made and makes American exceptional. We need an immigration policy that meets all those points Rice brilliantly enunciated. Unless you’re a pathetic nativist, what’s exactly wrong with what she said? Amnesty? How do you read any mention to amnesty there?

joana on August 30, 2012 at 5:06 AM

Personally, I think, if “Condi” wanted it, she could be the first female POTUS. I’d vote for her in a heartbeat.

Nuff said.

RedCrow on August 30, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Okay, well I have to disagree with everyone. I did not appreciate her speech.

For me this was a wasted opportunity. For me this speech was a waste of time that could have been spent bashing O’Bongo. Not that anyone else really took any serious swipes at President Downgrade prior to her. Pawlenty was practically useless in his speech but Rice was worse.

She did not say anything directly critical of President Zero. She did not mention him directly or indirectly in her speech. Not once. Nothing. Not one damned thing.

But what was even worse than that was that her speech was pure foreign policy. Now I understand that foreign affairs is her bailiwick but in this year, in this campaign who cares about it? The number one, two and three issues are the economy, jobs and the debt. Her speech, if it was all that darned necessary should have been before or after Senator McSlug’s. Seriously, who cares about foreign policy? No one in this economy really cares about it.

I like Condi so don’t say that I have it in for her. I don’t. I just don’t see how her speech was all that great or all that necessary. The fact of the matter is that she was simply part of the RINO driven anti-war-on-women nonsense. At least Governor Martinez used her time (part of it) to get in some serious swipes at O’Bongo. Condi wouldn’t call him out by name or even as “the president” for anything. I saw her being interviewed by Greta after Ryan’s speech…Greta asked her pointedly about her differences with O’Bongo and Plugs and Condi totally avoided the opportunity to say anything about them. She instead talked up Romney/Ryan. All fine and well but this is a person who really, really CARES about what the NYTs says about her.

This was a RINO approved speech. David Frum and David Brooks will be gushing over it. I’m not.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Her entire speech was about American Exceptionalism and Obama – one of the most devastating speeches to Obama’s administration so far. In a large part because of that underlying structure, nuance and sophistication you criticize. It communicated a sense of urgency in a very effective way. Make no mistake: people watching her understood there’s something very wrong going on in America these days and who the culprit is.

It was a spectacular speech. Style and substance meeting in majestic perfection. It wasn’t rejectionist: she repeatedly contrasted what is with what ought to be accordingly to the American essence.

Rice wasn’t rabid and didn’t sling red meat. If that’s all you want, you can find plenty of it in other speeches – or daily in talk-radio. But to a large extent, that’s preaching to the choir. Those on the outside are often turned off by red meat that they’re capable of identifying as so.


Ours has never been a narrative of grievance and entitlement. We have not believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have not been envious of one another and jealous of each other’s success. Ours has been a belief in opportunity and a constant battle – long and hard — to extend the benefits of the American dream to all – without regard to circumstances of birth.

But the American ideal is indeed endangered today. There is no country, no not even a rising China, that can do more harm to us than we can do to ourselves if we fail to accomplish the tasks before us here at home.

If we do anything less, we will condemn generations to joblessness, hopelessness and dependence on the government dole. To do anything less is to endanger our global economic competitiveness. To do anything less is to tear apart the fabric of who we are and cement a turn toward grievance and entitlement.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild us at home and inspire us to lead abroad. They will provide an answer to the question, “Where does America stand?”

The challenge is real and these are tough times. But America has met and overcome difficult circumstances before. Whenever you find yourself doubting us – just think of all the times that we have made the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect.

Yes, America has a way of making the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect. But of course it has never been inevitable – it has taken leadership, courage and an unwavering faith in our values.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have the experience and the integrity and the vision to lead us – they know who we are, what we want to be and what we offer the world.

That is why this is a moment – an election – of consequence. Because it just has to be – that the most compassionate and freest country on the face of the earth – will continue to be the most powerful!

This is very powerful stuff.

joana on August 30, 2012 at 5:55 AM

I LIKE Condi-but as I said earlier…despite all that she’s accomplished…she’s still trapped in Birmingham. She has too much sympathy for the they- really-don’t-exist failestinians. Failestine is the problem-NOT Israel. They are NOT both culpable of evil.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 30, 2012 at 1:38 AM

She’s about in the middle of where conservatives stood before the shift, and probably a snapshot of what to expect from Romney.

She still believes in robust global intervention, and she explained why — someone is going to lead, and it should be us, since we have no reason to believe anyone else will lead with the ideals we are guided by. She still believes in the “Arab Spring” story. She still believes a lot of things that we don’t hear as much anymore. There’s Dyer.

It’s funny to hear her speak so fully after the time’s past.

Anyway, I think she may have painted a clear picture of where we’ll be starting once we’ve escaped the vortex. If anyone wants to keep moving the ball, I would start taking notes — vicariously arguing with Condi now — since Hot Air (et al.) will probably be occupied with those kinds of arguments, beginning in a few months, for a long time to come. Historically, after vomiting up the progressives, the country is in no mood for a long time to listen to them — so the philosophical grappling will be more red-on-red.

Axe on August 30, 2012 at 6:17 AM

She basically has a liberal worldview but identifies as a Republican. We are in the middle of a years-long project to remove people like Condi from positions of influence in the GOP.

No thanks.

Jaibones on August 30, 2012 at 6:33 AM

Why is her world-view “liberal”?

joana on August 30, 2012 at 6:39 AM

It was a spectacular speech. Style and substance meeting in majestic perfection. It wasn’t rejectionist: she repeatedly contrasted what is with what ought to be accordingly to the American essence.

Rice wasn’t rabid and didn’t sling red meat. If that’s all you want, you can find plenty of it in other speeches – or daily in talk-radio. But to a large extent, that’s preaching to the choir. Those on the outside are often turned off by red meat that they’re capable of identifying as so.

joana on August 30, 2012 at 5:55 AM

most brilliant, elegantly delivered (pitch perfect), substantive speech on the convention floor yesterday and probably of the whole event. simply historic. And I am not saying that she upstaged Ryan, it’s just that it’s apples and oranges. her speech and her presence were in a league of their own, bold, sound, serious, strong – a smack in the face of obama’s incoherent mess of a foreign policy these past 4 years. I think she would make an amazing secretary of education too, if she was interested in serving in an elective or appointed office…

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 6:44 AM

Wow, some of the critiques have really missed the point. Her entire speech was a critique of Obama from begining to end. This is as if she is a school teacher speaking directly to Obama and thoughtfully and cordially explaining to him why his entire worldview is wrong point by point and issue by issue. She is the kind of teacher who would put colorful encouraging stickers and write in red pen a long thoughtful note on how to improve right next to the F on his paper.

Resolute on August 30, 2012 at 7:43 AM

It was a spectacular speech. Style and substance meeting in majestic perfection. It wasn’t rejectionist: she repeatedly contrasted what is with what ought to be accordingly to the American essence.
joana

I agree. ++

Huzzah!

Dr. Condoleezza Rice was superb last night. Words escape me.

ted c on August 30, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Of course they applauded the hell out of Rice -she helped lie America into a war that created the deficit that they get to blame on Obama.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Rice – an academic with a lot of grandiose theories that almost all turned out to be fatally flawed.

Rice – the SoS who deliberately leaked just about everything she could, through her direct subs, to undermine DoD.

Rice – an affirmative action choice who should have been left alone to continue pontificating about Russia at Stanford.

Rice – PASS.

CorporatePiggy on August 30, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Of course they applauded the hell out of Rice -she helped lie America into a war that created the deficit that they get to blame on Obama.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Libya, still in Iraq, still in ‘ghani at greater casualty rates, medicare raid and a new trillion dollar entitlement….but do go on DRYWALL

harlekwin15 on August 30, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Libya, still in Iraq, still in ‘ghani at greater casualty rates, medicare raid and a new trillion dollar entitlement….but do go on DRYWALL

harlekwin15 on August 30, 2012 at 7:52 AM
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And, Obama has amassed more debt than all the previous presidents combined!

Oh, wait – that was Ryan who spewed that bullsh*t. Sorry.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Great speech by Condi, loved it.

I was watching on PBS, and man they screwed up.
Right at the high point of her speech they cut out to some commercial or something.

Man, that pissed me off.

Then they cut out again to a black screen…..

MityMaxx on August 30, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Oh, lookie who’s here…the mythomaniac from canada is bored, alas, again (no wonder since nothing significant or of consequence ever happens in the canadian politics) and decided to opine on tne American politics and to bore us to death with his dimtard talking points repeated ad nauseam…….

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Sorry but … Iraq and afghanistand combined clock in ad just over a trillion over a period of how many years now? They are not the source of the deficit, thank you for playing. And as the federal revenue actually went UP following the tax cuts rather than down … They’d re not the source of the deficit either. What does that leave when you dispose of the “look! Squirrel! Excuses liberals love to use for the presence of the deficit.

Arssanguinus on August 30, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Increase rather than presence, sorry.

Arssanguinus on August 30, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Of course they applauded the hell out of Rice -she helped lie America into a war that created the deficit that they get to blame on Obama.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Careful there Dave. Democrats will not appreciate you leaking their stategy for next week.
They only leak for their polical advantage.
Not being able to say anything positive about past four years, they will simply Blame Bush.
Worked the last time, no?

Jabberwock on August 30, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Great speech by Condi, loved it.

I was watching on PBS, and man they screwed up.
Right at the high point of her speech they cut out to some commercial or something.

Man, that pissed me off.

Then they cut out again to a black screen…..

MityMaxx on August 30, 2012 at 8:09 AM

Funny that even pMSNBC carried her whole speech last night, no interruptions…

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 8:14 AM

Invoking Jim Crow and parents who still said that she could be president..and then became Secretary of State: priceless. You could feel the rush that went through the room even on the television and the room erupted. And I had tears spring from my eyes.

Yes. OH YES. Thank you, Condi. I don’t always agree with her politics but she’s an amazing woman. That was actually a profound moment for me. She’s a walking example of the American Dream, come true.

—–

And to this: “Wow, some of the critiques have really missed the point. Her entire speech was a critique of Obama from begining to end. This is as if she is a school teacher speaking directly to Obama and thoughtfully and cordially explaining to him why his entire worldview is wrong point by point and issue by issue. She is the kind of teacher who would put colorful encouraging stickers and write in red pen a long thoughtful note on how to improve right next to the F on his paper.”

Resolute on August 30, 2012 at 7:43 AM

One of the best posts I’ve ever read on a political board and so true. Just beautiful.

GeeWhiz on August 30, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Careful there Dave. Democrats will not appreciate you leaking their stategy for next week.
They only leak for their polical advantage.
Not being able to say anything positive about past four years, they will simply Blame Bush.
Worked the last time, no?

Jabberwock on August 30, 2012 at 8:13 AM
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Unlike you, I call bullsh*t on all bullsh*t.

Give me some fact-checked corrections on anything Obama said, and I’ll call bullsh*t on him too.

As I’ve said many times before, he’s a D+ president.

Romney would be a D-, with the added bonus of setting America to get more f’d up.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM

As I’ve said many times before, he’s a D+ president.

Romney would be a D-, with the added bonus of setting America to get more f’d up.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Obama is a F president and you are an F troll…And why the f…do you care about American politics anyways…mind your own, there in oh, canada, we have our autochtonous brainwashed armies of retarded lefty trolls, no need for even dumber imports, thank you very much…

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 8:39 AM

Obama is a F president and you are an F troll…And why the f…do you care about American politics anyways…mind your own, there in oh, canada, we have our autochtonous brainwashed armies of retarded lefty trolls, no need for even dumber imports, thank you very much…

jimver on August 30, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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That you even ask why people outside America show concern/interest in American politics shows what a pathetic, tiny, ignorant bellybutton-gazing worldview you have. Bravo.

Dave Rywall on August 30, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Wow, this post quickly turned into a Condi bashfest. Listen, you don’t have to agree with her on everything–you may even vigorously disagree with her on many things–but you can certainly tell that she loves America. For some people here, if someone fails a single litmus test, they are of no use. Condi is pure class. In fact, Condi is the anti-Michelle Obama: she is classy, fit, fashionable, talented, knowledgeable and patriotic.

andy85719 on August 30, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Look, I think it was a good speech. But it wasn’t a great speech. It was the kind of speech that you would give on the first day of the convention. It wasn’t the sort of speech that you use as a lead in for the veep nominee.

As the convention progresses toward the nomination acceptance speech you are supposed to build the intensity against the incumbent. She didn’t even mention him or his name. If you were handed the transcript (absent the anecdotes) and were asked to grade it with no knowledge of who was giving the speech it would be difficult to rate it higher than B+

Yes, she is classy and all that other stuff. It’s just my belief that this was a missed opportunity to beat the crap out of the other side…she could have been far more effective. Ryan’s speech did that and the other speeches, including this one, should have done a better job building toward his speech.

If everyone in the viewing audience believed that she kicked O’Bongo’s ass then I suppose the point is moot, perception being more important than anything else.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 9:48 AM

It was far better than any other speech so far. Davis was good, and so was Martinez. Ryan was excellent.

But Condi Rice blew the roof off. I’ve never been a huge Rice fan, perhaps because she was so closely associated with Bush, but I can enthusiastically applaud a fantastic speech from a great American, like this speech, without any reservation at all.

In fact I sent the video to all three of my children (one of whom mistakenly believes she is a Democrat) with instructions to memorize it. We are having a Condi speech contest at Thanksgiving. This was big….huge….great freaking speech.

MTF on August 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I am not a ‘fan’ of Condi, and I wouldn’t vote for her due to her socially moderate/liberal stance. However, I thought it was an excellent speech. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it ‘brilliant’, simply because it was probably too subtle, which will help sway more intelligent/informed independent types, yet some of the more important parts will go over the heads of the low information voters who need things pointed out to them in a bat to the head sort of way. Of course, they probably weren’t watching anyway.

Still, as a general critic of Rice, I thought it was an excellent speech and I’m glad she spoke.

pannw on August 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

It would be a shame if she didn’t run for CA governor or something someday!

PattyJ on August 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Who in the Hell would want that job??

That state is done for…

BigWyo on August 29, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Senate would be much better for her expertise. CA does not officially have a foreign policy unless it is Interplanetary.

KW64 on August 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM

You are seeing what you want to see. Fair enough. You are welcome to do that. I have to go by what she actually said and did not say.

I’m simply not into this “blank slate” that anyone can make what anyone wants to of a person. When you say stuff or don’t say stuff it has meaning.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 1:56 AM

What do you think the left is seeing? I think the message went over loud and clear to everyone except the deliberately deaf.

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 11:10 AM

She’s basically saying nothing of the sort because if she had then it would be in the transcript. It isn’t.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Whom did she endorse in that speech? [Hint: Look at the sentence just before the end of her speech.]

Now, if she is endorsing Mr. Obama’s opponents, is she endorsing Mr. Obama?

As for what she said, it is in the transcript, and it says exactly what it says. School Choice, Foreign Policy, a strong yet compassionate immigration policy. The only rail she didn’t touch was the abortion one — and we all know why {Oh, excuse me, one has to say everything because you think unless it was said explicitly rather than implicitly, it wasn’t said at all — SHE IS PRO-CHOICE].

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The upside for our side is to indict him to the soft middle…the independents. These people need to have it explained to them. Don’t believe me? Check the poll numbers of people who still, after almost four years, believe that our current economic circumstances are GWB’s fault.

trapeze on August 30, 2012 at 2:05 AM

She was explaining. To you as a partisan, there was no explanation. For the poor or middle class moderate, there was a lot of explanation. She didn’t have to make jokes about Biden or Obama to rake them over the coals. Rice’s expertise is foreign policy, and it’s enough that she said that America is currently rudderless in that area — that neither our friends nor our enemies know our intentions. Now, she doesn’t have to go all pointed and name the gubernator holding the gubernaculum, but everybody picked up who it was — it sure wasn’t the man in charge when SHE ran State — it was the guy who says all of his problems came from the man in charge when SHE ran State. Oh, excuse me — OBAMA.

unclesmrgol on August 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

It was a fantastic speech and I was very impressed. I had it DVR’d because I wasn’t around to watch it, when I got back later I was very tired and almost fast forwarded through her speech (she’s not the most reliable conservative out there) to get to Ryan’s, but I gave her a chance and was glad I did. She put forth some strong conservative values with a heart warming personal touch as well, it was the perfect speech to contrast with all the smearing and racial/gender fear mongering the Demcorats will engage in next week. Susanna Martinez was excellent as well, I loved the line about the 357 Magnum, lol.

I would never vote for Rice in a primary and don’t feel she is a new age reform conservative, but she is an accomplished Republican and a valuable voice, no question about it.

Daemonocracy on August 30, 2012 at 12:40 PM

From an educational standpoint, she reiterated Arne Duncan’s and Obama’s educational policy spelled out in the $4.35 Race to the Top blueprint:

School choice
Vouchers
Teacher accountability

When you start looking into the school choice mantra, you realize that the only choice is WHERE your child goes to school, NOT what is taught. Common core standards, the national standards/assessments and in practicality, the curriculum will be directed by two/three PRIVATE consortia supported by taxpayer funding.

Those PRIVATE consortia are unaccountable to voters in terms of educational direction and use of taxpayer money. Doesn’t that bother anyone? Who is directing the consortia? WHAT do they want “human capital” to learn? Why are you paying tax dollars and have ZERO voice on your local/state (now national) educational standards?

THIS is what Rice is advocating when she advocates school choice by omission. The Republicans will not address this bipartisan takeover of education. BTW, these RTTT mandates (adopted when Common Core was implemented) will probably cost my state $350 Million…and Missouri can’t even meet its basic formula funding.

And the Federal government should not be involved in state educational delivery, standards, assessments, etc. in the first place. Why don’t we hear that from the Republicans? Why don’t we hear that from Condi Rice? Why was there so much cheering from the delegation when she was speaking about education?

manateespirit on August 30, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Condi was super, she was President last night.

Fleuries on August 30, 2012 at 1:52 PM

I’ve always respected Ms. Rice’s intellect, but was never so much a fan of her speaking. However, after hearing her speak tonight, I will have to throw that opinion out the window.

That speech was simply epic! Wow! Wow! Wow!

One thing I’m noticing about this convention is that the speakers are speaking like grown-ups, not like spoiled children, or people promising a free lunch. It’s refreshing. Execution is where the rubber meets the road, and I don’t feel the repubs are strong here. They talk a good game and nothing happens. Let’s hope that changes. In the meantime, I like what I’m hearing.

btw,

Uh oh, now you’ve done it.

The PDSers will be here any second now . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on August 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM

That was hilarious!

Pablo Snooze on August 30, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Great speech, especially the part where she said we have never been a people of “grievance and entitlement”.

sherrimae on August 30, 2012 at 5:03 PM

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