Roger L. Simon

America's Black Queen

I guessed a couple of weeks ago that the real reason Boxer, et al were so vitriolic in their treatment of Condoleeza Rice during the nominating process for Sec’y of State was that they wanted to cut her down a peg as a potential Presidential candidate. I didn’t realize how right I was. Think what she’s going to have to go through after this.

America’s first black female secretary of state is doing in public what she has always done in private – speaking frankly about America’s priorities and the realities of the post-Cold War world. As she jokes with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, loosening up his dogmatic anti-American policies, lectures Russia about freedom and warns Israel of tough decisions ahead, one thing is obvious: A star is being born.

Traveling without the entourage customary for secretaries of state, on time, mapping out in advance her first six months of travel, Rice is a new force in American politics.

As the Republican Party casts about for a viable presidential candidate in 2008 to keep Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) out of the White House, attention will inevitably focus on Rice, the woman who may stand between Clinton and the presidency.

The article is by Dick Morris. I wonder who he is courting here – Condi or Hillary – to hire him as campaign adviser. Frankly, I’m not sure Condi would need him.

UPDATE: Now she’s talking tough on Iran. You go, girl!