Monday, December 19, 2011

Report: Condi angling for Veep


The Washington Times' Joseph Curl reports that she wants it, and salivates over the prospect.

America’s first black female secretary of state is quietly positioning herself to be the top choice of the eventual Republican presidential nominee, ready to deliver bona fide foreign-policy credentials lacking among the candidates. The 56-year-old has recently raised her profile, releasing her memoir in November and embarking on a monthlong book tour.

After 2 1/2 years as a professor at Stanford, Miss Rice is reportedly getting “antsy” to get back into the political game. “She’s ready to go,” said one top source.

The Salivation.

Her addition to the ticket, which wouldn’t come until late next summer, would dramatically change the dynamics of the 2012 election. As a black woman - her family has roots in the Deep South stretching back to before Civil War era, and worked as sharecroppers after emancipation - she would mute Democrats’ charges of racism among conservatives, especially tea party members. And her sex would likely prompt moderate women to take a serious look at the Republican ticket.

Couple things.

A. Condi is pro-choice, and conservatives already deeply distrust Mitt Romney on abortion.

If Mitt wins, he'll need to pick someone who's not just pro-life, but also -- deeply committed to both it and other Republican social issues. If not, he runs the risk of permanently losing grassroots Republicans.

In fact, back in May, Mitch Daniels said he'd, hypothetically, like to pick Condi as his Veep candidate, which earned an immediate rebuke from Life News (and was pretty tone-deaf considering Daniels knew he already had problems with social conservatives).

B. Presumably, she'd provide welcome foreign policy muscle to the GOP ticket, but once again, at the expense of many conservatives' views. She's simply not a neo-conservative.

Her inclusion on a ticket would be a major gamble and extraordinarily dangerous for someone like Romney, who's going to have to work to repair the accrued distrust from tea party conservatives.