Finally, Condoleezza Rice went for the full Monty:
"On a personal note," she said, consider a little girl who grows up in Birmingham, a segregated city in the South where her parents can't take her to a restaurant or movie theatre and she can grow up to become Secretary of State."
The crowd exploded into a huge standing ovation of sustained applause, revealing both a sweet Americanism of the most profound (and progressive) sort and also a deeply cynical use of her skin color to bolster their endless desire for self-congratulation. In this as in their foreign policy, the Republicans seem to be more interested in psychodramas of identity than in actual policy — the boring, complicated, endlessly humbling process of diplomacy. Which is why, when they're in office, we so often end up in a war.
"Who Is Mitt Romney? Will MSNBC Have Another 'Black Out'?" (Hillary Is 44):
Tonight Mitt Romney has to answer only one question: Who is Mitt Romney?
We have heard the answer to that question from Paul Ryan. We have heard the answer to that question from Ann Romney, the wife of Mitt. It was refreshing to see Ann Romney – wearing age appropriate clothes that are stylish, pretty, refined and with sleeves – instead of an expensive garish costume from consignment shops with clothes from Cleopatra Jones or maybe Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls.
Tonight Mitt Romney himself will answer the question “Who Is Mitt Romney?” May we be so dramatic and say that on the effectiveness of that response lies the fate of this nation?
Mitt Romney will have some assistance answering the question “Who Is Mitt Romney?”:
“TAMPA, Fla. — Jane Edmonds is a self-described liberal Democrat, an African-American civil rights activist from Massachusetts who is very likely far from Mitt Romney on most social issues.
But that’s not what she’s here to talk about.
Edmonds was a Cabinet secretary under Romney when he was governor, and Thursday night she will speak on his behalf at the convention.
“I didn’t come here to talk about our differences — I’m not going down that path,” Edmonds said in an interview. “I’m here to talk about my experiences working for him. My friends have asked me why. I adore the guy. I have seen him behind closed doors in Cabinet meetings. I have seen his compassion. I’m at a point in my life that the character of the human being we entrust to be president is important to me. He would make an excellent president.”
Edmonds will make heads explode among the unhinged Hopium Guzzlers. She’s black so MSNBC will probably be too busy decrying racism to listen to what a black woman has to say. MSNBC and the rest of Big Media are on the hunt for dog whistles during the Republican convention. The newest racist dog whistle: “Chicago” Lordy, what will they say about our old portrait of Obama above? We fret.
Edmonds will probably be “blacked out” of MSNBC.
I'm watching Whitney Cummings comedy special on Netflix again and can't stop laughing.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):