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When Condi Became a Plausible Establishment Tea Party Leader?

Following the Matt Drudge scoop, BuzzFeed has audio of the speech Rice gave at the Park City Romney fundraising retreat and reports:


Rice’s speech captured the mood of conservatives, painting a bleak portrait of the “dangerous, chaotic times” facing the country, and blamed President Obama for bringing on international weakness, class warfare, and fiscal recklessness. She even urged those in attendance to “storm Washington D.C.” on behalf of Romney.

Framing her speech around three major “shocks to the international system” in the past decade — the 9/11 attacks, the global financial crisis, and the Arab Spring — Rice said Obama’s failed governance has thrown the world deeper into crisis.

“What we’re feeling most is not just that tumult, we’ve been through tumult before,” she said. “What we’re feeling is the absence of American leadership.”

She continued: “When our friends aren’t certain that they can count on us — and they aren’t so certain now — and when our foes don’t fear us or respect us, this is what you get: tumultuous, dangerous chaotic times,” Rice said.

Riffing on the Arab Spring, which she dubbed “in many ways, the most dramatic of all these shocks,” Rice said the various dictator-toppling movements were the inevitable ultimate consequence of authoritarian rule. She compared it to the 1989 Romanian Revolution, when Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu was executed by his own people.

“The Ceaușescu moment is when what separates a dictator from his people, when fear breaks down,” she said, adding, “That’s what you see in the Middle East.”

She sounded other hawkish themes as well, condemning Obama for allowing America to be “governed by the lowest common denominator collective will of the so-called international community of the United Nations.” And she touted Romney’s absolute belief in “American exceptionalism.”

But the first moment that brought the crowd to its feet came when she moved from foreign to domestic policy, blasting the president for pitting the rich against the poor.

“It is a narrative that is being pushed by our current president, that ‘I’m doing poorly because you’re doing well,’” she said. “That has never been the American narrative. Ours has never been a narrative of aggrievement, and ours has never been a narrative of entitlement.”


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