I've just watched Condaleeza Rice face off against John Kerry in her senate confirmation hearings for Secretary of State, and I would say that Kerry came off looking like a pretentious schmuck. Wow! I really admire the brilliance, committment and clarity of that woman.
I read with interest an article that points to Rice as the culmination of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Those who instead see her as "race traitor" are the among the most bigoted and prejudiced people of today. They are the one's who believe in and unfailingly use racial (and other demeaning) stereotypes, when someone "uppity" like Dr. Rice dares to deviate from their script for Blacks (see here and here and here for examples).
I completely concur with the Watcher over at Watcher of Weasels:
Wouldn't it be nice if people really were judged by the content of their character, rather than by the color of their skin? Wouldn't it be nice if minorities weren't immediately branded as race traitors for simply daring to wander off the Democratic Party's plantation?
UPDATE: Barbara Boxer is in the process of questioning Dr. Rice. To use an expression one of my readers turned me on to--she is one enchilada short of a combo. Does Dr. Rice really need Ms. Boxer to remind her that Americans have died in Iraq? Do these hearings really need to be a soapbox to rehash the same old BS from the Democratic establishment? (And, to be balanced, some of the Republicans also used it as a soapbox, but at least they didn't try to imply that Rice was a liar and had no integrity).