Condeleeza Rice? VEEP? Drudge says she’s at the top of the list. My initial gut check: Bad idea. Doubly down on boring (say by choosing Pawlenty or Portman) is not a bad idea in 2012. But doubling down on stiffness? That’s strike me as risky. Placing a guarded intellectual with no experience on the campaign trail? Yikes! Professor Rice is as intelligent as they come. This intelligence means exactly nothing when it comes to glad handing babies in Paducah. Condi Rice touring a hubcap plant in Western Pennsylvania answering questions about pension reform? Hmmm. Can’t see it.
Granted, if the foursome is Obama, Romney, Biden and Rice – Rice is easily the most qualified of the lot and, frankly, the most accomplished. In political terms though…what does she add? Would she appeal to women? Cut into the gender gap? I don’t see how. Women voting for women just because they are women is a myth. Clinton has a constituency. As does Palin, though she limited it by talking so much for two years. Other women rising in both parties have built or are building constituencies. Where is Rice’s constituency?
The attempted balancing here is easy to suss. Romney’s in charge of the home front. Condi’s portfolio is foreign policy. ‘Cept the voters MR needs don’t care about foreign policy. And Rice on the ticket screeches GEORGE W BUSH. The tiny voting bloc (Neo-Cons) who’d get excited about Rice A. Don’t matter. and B. Are in Romney’s pocket already. A few Autumn rallies with a couple of retired generals serves the same purpose.
This story feels like a planted misdirect. We shall see. But nothing about Rice says “Gee, I think I’d like to spend three months having my personal history invaded and torn to shreds.” Then again, nothing this year feels predictable.