Look, I’ve never been a huge Condi fan. No doubt she is an exceptionally intelligent person, accomplished academic, and probably pretty cool to have a beer with. Nevertheless, under the watch of that expert Sovietologist, an ex-KGB man managed to freeze and roll-back democratic reforms in Russia and install himself as what looks like President for Life. Suffice to say I take any praise or reverence of Condoleeza Rice with a grain of salt.
NRO has a write-up of Condi’s recent appearance of Face The Nation:
“The Republican party certainly has to stop turning off large segments of the population,” Rice said on Face the Nation to laughter. “It’s not a strategy to keep hoping that parts of the population don’t turn out. You’ve got to simply broaden.”
Immigration, Rice added, was the “big issue.”
“Frankly, we sent some pretty bad signals around immigration. George W. Bush, John McCain, Jon Kyl, and Ted Kennedy had an immigration bill in 2007 and it failed. And I felt at that moment that that was the real missed opportunity. We’ve got to get comprehensive immigration reform back on the agenda.”
Excuse me, Condi, but your old boss Bush is the one who fouled up immigration. He, McCain, and Graham put up a colossal piece of crap bill so bad that even Bill Kristol was against it, then started an internecine war among Republicans, calling anybody who dared think the bill sucked a racist.
Nobody responds well to being called racist. You guys burnt major bridges with those who might have been willing to compromise. In the process, you gave the actual racists a voice.