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Condi and her special friend

I’m posting on the Blend today from Birmingham, Alabama — the birthplace of Condi Rice. I wonder if folks here are buzzing about this news about her. Via Mike Signorile, who spoke with Glenn Kessler, whose new book is The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy:

In the book and on the show, Kessler described how Rice’s “closest male friend” is openly gay, a man by the name of Coit D. Blacker, a Stanford professor (Rice served as the provost as Stanford in the late 1990s for six years) and a Democrat who served in the Clinton administration. Blacker, whose partner is also mentioned, advised Al Gore’s campaign in 2000, while his close friend Rice served as a chief confidante for a president who has tried to make gays into second class citizens in the U.S. Constitution. But wait, it gets better.

Rice’s “closest female friend” is a woman named Randy Bean (pictured here), who is unmarried and whose sexual orientation is not stated. She is described as a “liberal progressive;” she’s a documentary filmmaker who works at Standford University and once worked for Bill Moyers. She and Rice and Blacker (again, who has a partner) are discussed as a “second family,” a term Bean uses, also saying that, “on friends, [Rice] goes narrow and deep.”

There’s much more, including the fact that Rice owns a home with Bean and shares a line of credit with her. Not that this means anything, right? Go read the rest.

What if Condi was a lesbian — and came out? Would that quell the right wing “Draft Condi in 2008” movement driven by the Freeper set?

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Surely this will be the talk of the evening at the pre-conference meet-and-greet downtown for the Day of Equality held by the good folks at Equality Alabama, where I’m speaking tomorrow.

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