I watched enough of her speech to come to the conclusion that she’s a really crappy public speaker, although she seemed smart and competently knowledgeable about international relations.
There’s obviously a double standard. If a white man were a crappy speaker, then he would not be giving a big speech in front of the Republican Convention. Rice is a rock star among Republicans because of her race. Republicans hate feeling that they might be racist, so seeing a black Republican (who is a mulatto Oreo, heavily into classical music, and acts more white than even Obama does) makes them feel better about themselves, and allows them to say “ha you liberals, look, we have important black people on our side, we’re not racist” for which liberals will never give them the least bit of credit anyway. All the liberals are thinking what that guy from Yahoo News accidentally said into a live mike.
I wish I could simply judge Rice based on who she is as a person and not her race, but unfortunately it’s not possible because everyone else is judging her and treating her differently based on her race, and it becomes impossible to disentangle her race from her true character. It’s so rare to see a smart black person that when one shows up, she’s celebrated by everyone.
It’s also worth nothing that both white Democrats and white Republicans secretly wish that all blacks would behave like Obama or Rice. But if they want that to happen, then it would be more likely to happen if they would just publicly and openly state that as their goal.