Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thin Air

 
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:

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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.

12 comments:

John said...

One of my hairdresser friends was gushing about how much he loves on Condi on Facebook. I mean, i know this is Texas, but really?

Anonymous said...

Well, she did make that handsome man, Gaddafi, fantasize about her ...

Anonymous said...

Just the pre-interview with Condi proved her an impeccable nightmare.

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/08/29/765771/rice-obama-foreign-policy/?mobile=nc

Faith said...

THANK YOU!!!!!!!

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

She did accomplish doing nothing to prevent us from getting attacked on 9/11, so she has that going for her.

Peteykins said...

It's rude to talk about that!!!

Muscato said...

Well, of course the usual verbal pablum, but I do find her look interesting.

She's salvaged a set of her official SecState pearls, but that outfit is just peculiar. It took some digging to find get a full-length shot, but it doesn't get any better out of this frame; she appeared to be wearing a 1930s-era skating skirt along with that ill-fitting jacket-blouse. And what's with the shiny? It looks like she picked it up at a Tampa-area Fashion Bug on her way to the ThunderDrome or whatever the venue is. Singularly spiritless coiffure, as well.

And, to top it all all off, her Invisible Spherical Friend appears to have grown significantly since she departed the world stage. What do you suppose she's been feeding it?

z7q2 said...

The invisible sphere!! It's gotten so big!

Anonymous said...

I liked her outfir.

postpunkmonk said...

That photo… that pose… where have I seen it before? Oh yeah, in "The Lair Of The White Worm" when Mary sees her deceased mother watching the television in that room and who attempts to hug and comfort her… and suck her jugular vein right before Hugh Grant saves the day with his broadsword!

Aunt Snow said...

Her toughest criticism of Obama is that he "leads from behind," a claim she made without mentioning any examples whatsoever.

Well, of course, in contrast to her leadership.....wait, what now?

Shawnboy said...

Thin air.....
You have me laughing out loud,
Thank you!