Although Rice, who served under President George W. Bush, praised the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, she offered the delegates no political red meat. Unlike virtually every other speaker of the night, she did not mention President Obama or his office….
However, she was regarded by most observers as too moderate. She’s called herself “mildly pro-choice” — anathema to many in the Republican Party’s conservative base who still suspect the sincerity of Romney’s stated opposition to abortion.
Rice also is out of step with many Republicans on immigration; she has called the failure of President George W. Bush’s plan for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants one of her biggest regrets.
I know I am a little late with this post given the current political landscape and the fact that the GOP convention seems like eons ago but I wanted to mention something about a Republican that I somewhat admire.
Given all the ranting and bashing (they call it red meat) that is standard operating procedure for the GOP convention I wonder why they put Condi Rice as a prime time speaker. Of course the answer to that is that she was on during the “minorities outreach night”. The GOP desperately need more women and people of color in their party. Without them they will surely like the Whig party of the past fade into history.
Condi certainly did not live up to the form of all other speakers. When she mentioned education and immigration I imagine there were some winches from the crowd. She seemed to be on the other side of the fence from almost everyone on the floor of the convention. The thing I remember most about her was her extreme work ethic (she typically spent 15 hours days in the White House working for her president. When she was later promoted to Secretary of State she did an admiral but not outstanding job.
I wonder if the GOP will ever return to making moderates like her the heroes of their party. They certainly should but I kind of doubt it. There current practices of exclusion seem to deny that possibility.
But what do I know…