AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 4/08/2004 01:27:00 PM ----- BODY: Rice Testifies - This morning, Condoleeza Rice handled herself quite well under some rather nasty questioning by partisans on the September 11 commission. I tried listening to the testimony, but have little patience for grandstanding questions. One thing that I think will hurt the commission - the applause. Some in the audience applauded ben-Veniste and Kerrey after they had either asked a particularly loaded question or were rude to Rice. The applause made it sound as though there were points being scored on some invisible scoreboard in the minds of those who want to see the Bush administration blamed for the events of September 11. It makes the entire commission look like a partisan effort to make the president look bad in an election year. But that couldn't be the case, right? --------