Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
I didn't watch Condi's speech last night, because... well, whatever. I've watched enough Condispeeches that I didn't feel a pressing need to see this one live. This morning, however, I saw nothing but raves (and complaints about her having lipstick on her teeth), so I thought, wow, it must have been really great!
It wasn't. It was Condibog-standard all the way: American Exceptionalism™, I grew up in segregated Alabama, blah, blah, blah. Her toughest criticism of Obama is that he "leads from behind," a claim she made without mentioning any examples whatsoever. And then she talked about the specifics of Mitt's foreign policy strategy and... ha ha, you almost fell for that, didn't you? She did no such thing. But the crowd went wild! I kept thinking, "Is there a spectacular juggler performing just off camera while she's speaking? Is that what they're reacting to?"
So this is how Mitt Romney "burnishes" his foreign policy credibility, by trotting out Dr. Ferragamo. Let's review Condi's accomplishments as secretary of state:
Oh, right, she accomplished zero as secretary of state (unless you count photo-ops; she did accomplish a lot of those!). And her record as national security adviser? It's rude to talk about that.
But Republicans don't love Condi for her mind; they love her for her biography. That's why she was there.
Soooo... I've got nothing. People love Condi. Who am I to argue?
Fun fact: Condi's speech took place on the 7-year anniversary of her "shopping for Ferragamos while New Orleans drowns" incident.