Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, left, who is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, greets former Secretary of State George Shultz, right, before her talk to an economic summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Friday, March 13, 2009. Rice described how the world economic downturn could affect the international political landscape. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Well, gosh, Condi certainly seems more comfortable with Shultz than with Maddy. And now that she's off the world diplomatic stage (Phew!), I see she's turned her attention to economics. Or something. Few reporters saw fit to cover this momentous occasion, so thank goodness for the San Diego Union-Tribune:
"This is a crisis going to the heart of issues of governance, of how to provide for a population," she said. "It will most certainly have an effect on the willingness of countries around the world to affirm the model of economic development that has been most dominant since the collapse of the Soviet Union."
And that, I suppose, is what happens when she's around Shultz: misty watercolor memories of the 80s, a time when Condi was able to pretend much more convincingly that she was an expert on something... anything.