Roger L. Simon

Bitter Rice

The just resolved Condi nomination struggle of 2005 somehow reminded me of the great Giuseppe De Santis movie of 1949. Maybe there’s something about the name Rice that makes people angry. But I have had another thought about why Condi became such a lightening rod. The Dems are afraid of her as a presidential candidate in ’08 and wanted to take her down a peg as soon as possible. After all, according to Forbes anyway, she is the most powerful woman in the world — and that was before she was Sec’y of State (No. 2 – Wu Yu of the Chinese Politburo; No. 5 – Hillary Rodham Clinton; No. 10 – Carlton Firoina of Hewlett-Packard).