Boy, what a ride.
First, she refused to testify. She refused to address the many contradictions between her recent statements about 9/11 and previous sworn testimony, including that of Richard Clarke. She refused to testify to the Presidentially appointed Commission investigating 9/11; she refused to appear in public and answer critical questions under oath.
Meanwhile, she was seen on every news interview show between here and the planet Mars, ripping her new nemesis, Richard Clarke; but folks like Katie Couric and Oprah Winfrey don't have the power to file charges when a guest perjures themselves, so a bit of hypocrisy seemed to raise it's gigantic ugly head like those two little black curly horns that jut out from the sides of her doo (I believe it's hair?).
Then--after the majority of the American public awoke from their standard, self-induced somnambulant slumber and asked "WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE TO HIDE?"-- the administration quickly changed its mind (probably the only time in history) and decided to defuse the potential electorate time-bomb, allowing Rice to audition for "American Idol from Hell" before a special Committee made up of sedated Republican Paula Abduls and pissed-off Democratic Simons.
Boy, what a SHOW! All we're missing is Janet Jackson, that little monkey-faced boy-band singer, and a costume malfunction!
Well, it's over for now. Condoleeza Rice finally appeared before America and, for the first time in three long years, an official of the Bush administration HAD TO TELL THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH, AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH! (mark your calendars, folks!)
As of mid-morning, Rice had spoken more words and been seen for a longer period of time by the American people than President Bush and Vice President Cheney COMBINED over a THREE YEAR PERIOD. (Guinness Book officials are currently searching their files to see if our National Security Advisor set a new record.)
It wasn't a home run and it wasn't a strike out; it was a draw, the kind we're becoming used to in this incredibly divided nation that is ruled by a "uniter, not a divider".
For true believers on both sides, (that's all there are anymore), Rice's testimony will surely prove whatever anybody wants it "to prove": vague ambiguities will be seen as concrete pronouncements; concrete pronouncements will be interpreted as loose analogies.
That's the way it is with true believers.
Republicans, Neo-Cons, Bush supporters, and reactionaries saw her as a combination of Madonna (the first divine version) and Margaret Thatcher on a bulimic binge.
Democrats, progressives, and liberals saw her as a combination of Medusa and Martha Stewart. (And what is it with Rice, Cheney, and Bush where they're all able to smile when saying something incredibly serious, tragic, or hateful? I've never seen anything like it! It reminds me of the public speaking habits of Hannibal Lechter.)