Condoleezza Rice Sounds Like A Progressive Republican At GOP Convention (VIDEO)


The convention speeches at the GOP’s Convention this year have been more of what we have expected from the Republicans. Code words, common phrases, partisan jabs, deceptive terms, we had seen it all. So far out of the convention the most interesting speech came from Ann Romney herself, outshining the keynote speaker Governor Christie yesterday. Heading into today, all eyes were on Senator Rand Paul and former Governor Mike Huckabee as well as the Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan at the end of the evening. Nobody was paying attention to the 10:00 pm spot, when the usual nightly news ran. It was a typical convention dead spot, and several networks even switched to their nightly news on schedule.

In that spot was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. While a good public speaker, everyone was presuming it would be a dull speech of no importance. You could even see the audience getting up, to grab food, go to the restroom, or attend some other event.

Then she began what was so far the most unexpected speech of the entire convention. She began with 9/11, and discussing foreign policy, as expected. She mentioned trade, and energy independence, both standards of Republican speeches. But then she switched gears, and began discussing civil rights. She discussed racism, bigotry, the plight of minorities, but also of leadership and fair trade, echoes of a Republican party of the past. She spoke of opening up immigration, to show compassion for those immigrants who wish to come here. The presidential nominee gained but few passing mentions, the first time over a third of the way in.


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Are we seeing a stump speech, the first dark horse of the 2016 season? From what terms she used, she had enough buzzwords, but not those of a supporting role. It sounded ambitious, presidential even.

I leave with her own words for you to judge by:

And on a personal note, a little girl grows up in Jim Crow
Birmingham. The segregated city of the south where her parents
cannot take her to a movie theater or to restaurants, but they
have convinced that even if she cannot have it hamburger at
Woolworths, she can be the president of the United States if she
wanted to be

So, the question becomes does she want to be?