#Elongated | Condoleezza Rice Addresses Us Like We're Adults
While everyone will rant and rave over the Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s convention appearance, the speech that soared for the night was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Rice hit the stage with a confidence not seen in any speaker outside of Ryan himself. As she delivered her vision for America, I found myself deeply conflicted. I’m aware of her role within the George W. Bush administration, yet her tone and angle, and the target of her words, made me want to root for her.
I disagreed with Rice’s undercover conservative ideology so much — but her framing was amazing. She was able to make ideas that I specifically detest palatable. After two nights of programming at the Republican National Convention that highlighted voices who consistently ignored who I am — voices that actively spoke over me and my community — Rice found the ability to take conservative thoughts and shape them for consumption by the masses.
This all made me wonder: Why couldn’t — or, better yet, why wouldn‘t — the rest of the GOP try to cater their messages to a wider audience?
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