Throughout her career in the public eye, Condoleezza Rice is well-known for her calm demeanor, an even-handed tone, and the straightforward manner in which she states her opinions - all without succumbing to inflammatory rhetoric or the demonization of her opposition.
These traits served Rice well as the nation's top diplomat under President George W. Bush. After all, the U.S. Secretary of State must have the ability to address sensitive topics effectively without causing unwanted confrontations.
Which is why some of her remarks in an interview on Fox and Friends this week were so noteworthy.
In an interview with Brian Kilmeade, Rice pulled no punches in her assessment of some of the recent campaign tactics employed by Democrats in the South, most notably in Georgia with political ads like these, courtesy of Fox News:
Rice was visibly irritated when she responded thusly:
“The idea that you would play such a card and try fear mongering among minorities just because you disagree with Republicans, that they’re somehow all racist … I find it appalling, I find it insulting,” said Rice during a Fox News interview. “As a Republican black woman from the South, I would say really? Is that really the argument you’re going to make in 2014?”
For the record, Georgia elected a Republican senator by eight percentage points, with only 34 of 159 counties voting for the Democratic opponent. And the state also reelected its GOP governor by a similar margin.
So perhaps we can take solace in the fact that a majority of Georgians didn't fall for the Democrats' race baiting.