PROPS FOR CONDI
As you all know if you’ve been listening to me mouth off for a while, I am no fan of the Bush administration. Pretty much the opposite of fan… what would that be? In any case, I’m also not much enamored of Condoleezza Rice, who collaborated with Bush in his war-mongering as National Security Advisor. Well, now she’s Secretary of State. I fully expect to disapprove of her for the next four years, but damn, you’ve got to give it up for her.
Look, I grew up in the 70’s, and back in those dark ages, a black female S.O.S. was unimaginable. Think Henry Kissinger. Old White Guys still ruled everything in those days. Gloria Steinem made headlines by refusing to get married. There were a few powerful black women, Shirley Chisolm, for example, but she was an oddity, an exception.
Rice is smart. She keeps her cool. She takes care of business. She wields her power comfortably, naturally, as if she knows she belongs there. Many people dislike her politically, but no one doubts her qualifications. In a country that has been wracked with racial strife from the beginning, Rice’s symbolic value cannot be overstated.
So rock on Condi. I, for one, am proud of your achievement. Now please, girlfriend, get us the hell out of Iraq.