Quinnipiac University conducted a “thermometer poll” of prominent politicians, and while Kerry was rightfully panned in the results (39.6 – last out of 20, and below President Bush!), their copy about Kerry was dreadful:
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee who was roundly criticized before the election for suggesting that students who don’t study could end up stuck in Iraq, came in last at 39.6.
Sigh. (He didn’t suggest that students who don’t study could end up stuck in Iraq. Well, I guess he did if you ignore the context of the statement.)
However, what really struck me as astounding is the fact that Condi “I never met a government job I couldn’t suck at” Rice came in fourth – ahead of former President Clinton. Let’s not forget; Rice was the chief national security officer when 9/11 happened and when we went to war against Iraq because of the threat posed to our security by non-existent weapons of mass destruction, and was the chief foreign diplomat when Hezbollah and Israel almost kicked off a major war, tensions with Iran are at an all-time high, and DPRK has actually built and tested nuclear weapons. She also appointed a former business executive with no public health experience – and a staunch “abstinence-only” policy – to the top global AIDS position in the US government. She seems to think of every adversary (or potential adversary) as another Soviet Union, and takes actions consistent with that view. She’s a Cold War expert who thinks Cold War approaches will work in all situations.
Condi Rice is an abject failure as NSA and SoS. That so many people think so highly of her is an absolute mystery to me.