Unmarried. Childless. An only child of deceased parents. She’s a veritable “Condi Bradshaw” poster child of what happens to a wasted Republican womb. But instead of having her picture on thousands of NYC buses, Condi has her image burned in effigy in dozens of countries and still, she’ll never get to be President. How do I know?
The President also said there is no doubt in his mind that a woman candidate could be president, and the First Lady agreed. Mrs. Bush referenced Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and noted that while she would be a “really good candidate”, Rice is not interested in the job.
“Probably because she is single, her parents are no longer living, she’s an only child. You need a very supportive family and supportive friends to have this job,” the First Lady said.
I guess that’s what Republicans have in mind when they talk about ‘family values’ – you’d better go out and get yourself one. A single career gal like Condi just can’t cut it at the tippy-top without a spouse and children to care for. All that international water-carrying on behalf of Laura’s Mr. Big can be filed under meaningless matching armchair photo ops. No wonder she’s so fond of her Manolo Blahniks. Just like “Sex and the City’s” Carrie, a closet full of footwear can cheer a girl and make her feel all sexed-up and desirable, even when her withering ovaries are cryin’ the blues.
But, if you think the First Lady’s judgemental, demeaning comments caused an uproar amongst Republican standard-bearers of feminist ideology, you would be mistaken.
No. Said spokesmen-for-the-fairer-sex saved their feminist lecture for Senator Barbara Boxer, a woman who had the temerity to observe that the Secretary of State, like herself, would not be sending her own children or grandchildren into the escalating morass of Iraq.
All I wish to say is this. Condi deserves to be judged not by whether or not she has given birth, or has a wife, or parents to care for, or the size of her shoe closet, her sex, or even whether or not she has a dog. She deserves to be judged by the company she keeps.
Vice President Dick Cheney is seated with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as they participate in a video teleconference from Camp David, Md., Tuesday, June 13, 2006 with President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad. White House photo by David Bohrer