What happened to the Condi boomlet? Ms. Rice is as smart and articulate and attractive as she has ever been. The black vote is as important as it has ever been. Barak Obama notwithstanding, Hillary Clinton is still the one to beat on the Democratic side, and the argument that it will take a woman to beat one has certainly not been proven wrong.
"She's said no on the Senate race, but is very much open on '06," said a Republican insider who asked not to be identified. The Republican said Rice sees herself as more compatible with an executive position such as governor than a legislative office.
Mark Baldassare, pollster for the Public Policy Institute of California, said Rice is "a very visible figure in the Bush administration, very articulate, has roots at Stanford -- and would be taken very seriously."
"In a state where you have to look long and hard for elected officials outside the white male category on the Republican side, Condi Rice would certainly add a new dimension to GOP politics in California," Baldassare said. "It would help (Republicans) deal with what is becoming a stereotype -- that they don't have women and people of color."
OK, fine. I think the war in Iraq is a disaster. I think this administration has created more anti-American feeling in the world than we've seen in my lifetime, and I look forward to the day when they have to pack up and go home -- and that certainly includes Condoleezza Rice.
That's the way I feel -- until I hear some commentator describe her as, quote, "articulate," which is code for a black person who speaks standard English. Excuse me? You were expecting the Secretary of State to be inarticulate?
That's when I get this involuntary twitch and I want to defend Condoleezza Rice -- when she's patronized, the way black pioneers in all walks of life have been patronized. Look, Condoleezza Rice is a major, major player in this administration. So, call her whatever you want, but don't call her a token or a puppet, and please, don't call her "articulate."
But let us consider what Powell has going for him.
First, he has more star power than any other candidate on either side of the aisle and it is rooted in a serious, sustained stint of public service leading our nation’s military and then our state department. That is a strong selling point given our geopolitical circumstances. Powell will command instant respect, the same way Eisenhower did.
Second, he is a tough target for Democrats. He is a minority, but one who is immensely qualified, articulate, and polished. The Democrats would take him in a heartbeat if he had chosen to move in their direction. His loyalty to the military made such an option impossible.
General Powell was the first African-American and the youngest officer ever to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ranking officer in the United States military. Most Americans got their first vivid impressions of General Powell in this role, at his televised press briefings during the Gulf War. His articulate, forthright manner and unassuming dignity made him a favorite of statesmen, journalists and the general public.
Because Powell was already articulate, studious, serious, and stable, he would have thrived in Harlem or Chicago or many other large cities of the North whatever federal favoritism towards blacks, and because he was obviously talented and diligent, he rose through the ranks of officers with relative ease.
"Chris Rock put it best when he said he heard white people describe Colin Powell as "very articulate". Considering thats something you would never use to describe a white person, its obviously a cultural bias, albeit a little more subtle. When you look at the logic of the description, its truly moronic. He's an educated man representing a staggering amount of power and influence: how the FUCK is he suppposed to sound?!?! Did you expect him to throw up signs?"