Skip to comments.Condi: The should-be face of the GOP
Posted on 09/22/2009 10:29:09 AM PDT by Lorianne
She's smart. She's experienced. She's worldly. Republican strategists worried about their party's future should take heed. ___ Successful candidates follow a simple fundamental rule: Define yourself before your opponent can define you. The Republican Party, which mustered a thumbs-up from only 38% of voters in last week's Bloomberg poll, sorely needs to brush up on the very rule it counsels in candidate-training sessions.
To skeptics in search of a political home, the GOP's image has devolved into that of a minority collection of name-calling, "no"-saying, backward-looking, talk-show bullying cranks -- a definition gleefully perpetuated by Democratic pols. So next time the eloquent and elegant figure of Condoleezza Rice strides onto a stage, GOP strategists worried about their party's future should pull out their notebooks.
I interviewed Rice onstage last week on the closing day of Fortune's Most Powerful Women's Summit, where she achieved a star-turn -- and did so while mounting a vigorous defense of former President Bush's oft-vilified foreign policy, and delivering a pointed critique of President Obama and congressional Democrats.
"It's that simple," she declared, "if you want another terrorist attack in the U.S., abandon Afghanistan."
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If we say we don't want her, we're racists.
And, don’t forget, sexists.
She can be our face, if we have Thomas Sowell’s brain behind the face.
She’s a stupid pro-Pali liberal.
LOL, I don’t think it’s going to work that way in this case.
Right and the stupid meaningless and blind UN presence in southern Lebanon was on her watch.
No more Condis, Bushes or Clintons ever!
She’s revealed her true colors.
We don’t know too much about her politics on social, economical and domestic issues. From what can be seen she irks me as a liberal. A female Powell.
Condi did not impress me as SecState. Prior to that I thought she would make a great VP and heir-apparent for GWB’s 2nd term. Not that I had any problems with Cheney - he is great - just for succession planning / grooming.
The new head of the RNC should be either Walter Williams or Thomas Sowell.
Kick that RINO Steele out of there and replace him with a true fiscal conservative who knows what the hell he is talking about.
I’m sorry, but Obama, the democrat controlled congress and the state run fringe media have all convinced me that I am now a racist and a radical, so I must say no.
Now bring in the white crackers for consideration.
She’s pro- affirmative action. I remember her speaking out about that.
Give me a friggin’ break.
No to Condi.
She's a LIBERAL!!!!!!!
No thanks as far as Condi is concerned, it is a NON STARTER!
Condi is a pretty great gal really. I’m happy to have her on our side - when she is on our side. She is no Colin Powell, but she stepped back from fighting the tough fight.
She’s both a liberal and a flip-flopper.
The adjectives I'd choose are more along the line of "disappointing", "unremarkable" and "over-hyped".
Sorry, but Ms. Rice has already had an opportunity to impress us - and she failed to do so. This is just another one of those "she'd paid her dues..." ideas that the GOP seems to get mired in. No thanks.
i love condi
I think that, instead of hammering on the GOP = racist theme, both the media and the GOP would be better served looking into just why one proved to be far different than advertised and why the other simply never seemed to want another step up.
Keep in mind, I did not write the headline to this.
We are required to post the actual headline of stories that are posted.
The headline has nothing to do with the article or the embedded inteview. To those just responding to the headline, you’re missing the actual content.
The interview embedded in this link is very worthwhile listening to. I recommend it.
Condi is, uuuuuuuuuuh, the uuuuuuuuuh, worst, uuuuuuuuuuuhh, speaker, uuuuuuuuuuuuuuh, that I uuuuuuuuuuuhhh, have ever uuuuuuuuuuuh, heard.
When CNN endorses a person for the GOP, they MUST be laced with arsenic or cyanide.
Rice? No thank you. If people like her remain the “face of the GOP”, I know I’ll no longer vote Republican.
She’s smart. She’s serious. She wants Israel to give away everything to the Palestinians.
It’s always amusing to see who liberals prefer as the “face” of the Republican party.
She also has a horn on her NOSE... Aunt Esther imitating John McLame..
PS it is a great statement, though. Full props to Condi for making it.
I love her too, but recognize she like colon has never faced an electorate. Meaning her views are unknown until she subjects them to a population. I believe she is from CA, it would be a good time for a competent conservative to run for something in CA (i.e., Senate, Congress, State Governor, etc...) My guess is she is an administrator not a legislator.
Is this really from The Onion?
She was a total failure as Secretary Of State.
But then it is the new philosophy to reward failure and punish success.
And Neo-Republicans want to be with the latest fads, right?
Thomas Sowell would be a great choice to head the RNC!
I don’t agree with Condi on a good many things, but she could teach that piece of sh*t Powell a thing or two about loyalty. I haven’t heard her trash Bush or anybody else in the administration since she’s left. She gets points for that from me.
If she were pro-life, maybe. Sadly, she has described herself a mildly pro-baby killing...I mean choice.
and look for mushroom clouds in Iraq?
Shut up Nina.
The intellectual elite have put us in the crapper....they make their living off of stealing our earnings.
They should all retire.......hang.
I think she had the inside information that the fix for the illegal alien usurper in the W.H. was in. Therefore she had no chance and no interests of running!!!
I’m happy for Condi to be a face of the GOP. She’s more moderate than the base, but I’ve never heard her diss conservatives. If moderates want to be part of the GOP, that’s fine, but they should understand that the folks who actually VOTE are much more likely to be conservative. Of course, that fact is what most drives the MSM nuts!
Condi Rice has always firmly rejected suggestions that she run for office. Her putative reason is a dislike of campaigning and campaign politics. I see no good reason to disbelieve her or to think that she will change her mind.
as for mssss rice....no thank you...
She didn’t “step back”, she stuck to her job, which was to keep the President informed, and then carry out his policy decisions. We don’t need a Secretary of State or National Security Adviser who’s battling the President. She’d be a lot more aggressive if she was President.
Condi Rice is an anti-Israel fanatic. I had quite enough of her under W.
Condi should run for Congress or Senate. Alabama? Californika? Wherever.
Then we can decide if she is 100% or 80% or just 50% with us. While she was in foreign policy she had to bite her tongue on domestic issues.
In IL O’Malley was the perfect conservative for Gov. An activist posted to the internet that she disagreed with O’Malley on abortion but would support O’Malley because they agreed on guns, taxes, spending and especially anti-corruption.
A prominent O’Malley supporter posted back that nobody could support O’Malley unless they were 100% pro-life no exceptions.
The fact is that most voters are neither conservative nor liberal. They are non-ideological. To win, we need those voters who vote based on looks and issues other than our single issue.
Nina Easton is wrong. Condi is a liberal on abortion...how about Star Parker? :)
White men need not apply. /s
I like Condi but, I think we have moved on from calling for her leadership. Not that she is not good and damn smart to boot but, there must be better choices.
Besides, I understood her to want to have a major role in Professional Football on the order of a Bud Selig type.
She wasn’t Colin Powell.
What is the name of that guy out here in CA? I haven’t heard much from him lately.
Thought he was a rather smart fellow.