Sunday, September 16, 2007
Condoleezza: Is She or Isn't She?
Via Pam's House Blend:
I'm posting on the Blend today from Birmingham, Alabama -- the birthplace of Condi Rice. I wonder if folks here are buzzing about this news about her. Via Mike Signorile, who spoke with Glenn Kessler, whose new book is The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy:If it weren't for Ms. Rice's support of an administration that has consistently opposed any gay equal rights, I wouldn't bother to spread this. But I sorrowfully admit to a little bit of malicious glee at the prospect of her having to face conservatives if it is true. I am not always a charitable and forgiving person. Still, guiltily gleeful.In the book and on the show, Kessler described how Rice's "closest male friend" is openly gay, a man by the name of Coit D. Blacker, a Stanford professor (Rice served as the provost as Stanford in the late 1990s for six years) and a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration. Blacker, whose partner is also mentioned, advised Al Gore's campaign in 2000, while his close friend Rice served as a chief confidante for a president who has tried to make gays into second class citizens in the U.S. Constitution. But wait, it gets better.There's much more, including the fact that Rice owns a home with Bean and shares a line of credit with her. Not that this means anything, right? Go read the rest.
Rice's "closest female friend" is a woman named Randy Bean (pictured here), who is unmarried and whose sexual orientation is not stated. She is described as a "liberal progressive;" she's a documentary filmmaker who works at Standford University and once worked for Bill Moyers. She and Rice and Blacker (again, who has a partner) are discussed as a "second family," a term Bean uses, also saying that, "on friends, [Rice] goes narrow and deep."
What if Condi was a lesbian -- and came out? Would that quell the right wing "Draft Condi in 2008" movement driven by the Freeper set?
Listening to: "Last Song" by Marianne Faithfull