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Condi: The should-be face of the GOP
Fortune ^ | September 22, 2009 | Nina Easton

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.

video embedded

"It's that simple," she declared, "if you want another terrorist attack in the U.S., abandon Afghanistan."

(Excerpt) Read more at money.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: condi; condoleezzarice; rice; roommateproblems
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1 posted on 09/22/2009 10:29:09 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
I get it.

If we say we don't want her, we're racists.

2 posted on 09/22/2009 10:30:10 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

And, don’t forget, sexists.


3 posted on 09/22/2009 10:31:03 AM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: Lorianne

She can be our face, if we have Thomas Sowell’s brain behind the face.


4 posted on 09/22/2009 10:31:28 AM PDT by listenhillary (A "cult of personality" arises when a leader uses mass media creating idealized/heroic public image)
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To: ABQHispConservative
It's a double whammy.
5 posted on 09/22/2009 10:31:37 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Lorianne

She’s a stupid pro-Pali liberal.


6 posted on 09/22/2009 10:32:40 AM PDT by Little Ray (Obama is a kamikaze president aimed at the heart of this Republic.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

LOL, I don’t think it’s going to work that way in this case.


7 posted on 09/22/2009 10:32:53 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne
No thanks. She's not pro-life. Her tenure as SoS was pathetic.

Rule 1 for the GOP: No more Bushes.

Rule 2 for the GOP: No more Romneys

Rule 3 for the GOP: No more affirmative action advancements.
8 posted on 09/22/2009 10:33:58 AM PDT by Antoninus ("There is no movement," --G. W. Bush)
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To: Little Ray

Right and the stupid meaningless and blind UN presence in southern Lebanon was on her watch.
No more Condis, Bushes or Clintons ever!


9 posted on 09/22/2009 10:34:39 AM PDT by omega4179 (We must be the change.)
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To: Lorianne

She’s revealed her true colors.

Pun intended.


10 posted on 09/22/2009 10:35:05 AM PDT by McKayopectate
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To: Lorianne

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.


11 posted on 09/22/2009 10:35:09 AM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Lorianne

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.


12 posted on 09/22/2009 10:36:45 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: Lorianne

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.


13 posted on 09/22/2009 10:37:18 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Lorianne

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.


14 posted on 09/22/2009 10:38:06 AM PDT by Gator113 (YES WE CAN.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cMxJBenigY&feature=related)
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To: SolidWood

She’s pro- affirmative action. I remember her speaking out about that.


15 posted on 09/22/2009 10:38:41 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: Lorianne

Give me a friggin’ break.

No to Condi.


16 posted on 09/22/2009 10:38:43 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Lorianne
She's smart. She's experienced. She's worldly...

She's a LIBERAL!!!!!!!

No thanks as far as Condi is concerned, it is a NON STARTER!

17 posted on 09/22/2009 10:39:07 AM PDT by Jmouse007 (Thank you)
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To: Lorianne

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.


18 posted on 09/22/2009 10:39:20 AM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: Antoninus

She’s both a liberal and a flip-flopper.


19 posted on 09/22/2009 10:40:13 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Lorianne
She's smart. She's experienced. She's worldly.

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.

20 posted on 09/22/2009 10:40:53 AM PDT by Charles Martel (NRA Lifetime Member since 1984; TSRA rookie)
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To: Lorianne

i love condi


21 posted on 09/22/2009 10:42:53 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Lorianne
We all had big hopes for Condi as well as for Powell (maybe less so) and neither one took off despite being handed high praise and ideal launching pads.

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.

22 posted on 09/22/2009 10:43:33 AM PDT by norton
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To: Lorianne; All

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.


23 posted on 09/22/2009 10:45:58 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

Condi is, uuuuuuuuuuh, the uuuuuuuuuh, worst, uuuuuuuuuuuhh, speaker, uuuuuuuuuuuuuuh, that I uuuuuuuuuuuhhh, have ever uuuuuuuuuuuh, heard.

Uuuuuuuuuuuuuh, pass.


24 posted on 09/22/2009 10:46:05 AM PDT by chris37
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To: Lorianne

When CNN endorses a person for the GOP, they MUST be laced with arsenic or cyanide.


25 posted on 09/22/2009 10:46:15 AM PDT by J40000
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To: Lorianne

Rice? No thank you. If people like her remain the “face of the GOP”, I know I’ll no longer vote Republican.


26 posted on 09/22/2009 10:47:24 AM PDT by SandWMan ( A riot ist an ugly sing, und, I sink it's about time zat ve had vone!)
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To: Lorianne

She’s smart. She’s serious. She wants Israel to give away everything to the Palestinians.


27 posted on 09/22/2009 10:48:03 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Lorianne

It’s always amusing to see who liberals prefer as the “face” of the Republican party.


28 posted on 09/22/2009 10:48:10 AM PDT by scory
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To: Lorianne
[ She's smart. She's experienced. She's worldly. ]

She also has a horn on her NOSE... Aunt Esther imitating John McLame..

29 posted on 09/22/2009 10:49:23 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: NonValueAdded

PS it is a great statement, though. Full props to Condi for making it.


30 posted on 09/22/2009 10:51:08 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: dalebert

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.


31 posted on 09/22/2009 10:52:29 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: Lorianne
Condi: The should-be face of the GOP

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?


32 posted on 09/22/2009 10:53:15 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat." - Claire Wolfe)
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To: GraceG

Thomas Sowell would be a great choice to head the RNC!


33 posted on 09/22/2009 10:53:27 AM PDT by kaizen
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To: Lorianne

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.


34 posted on 09/22/2009 10:53:41 AM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Some men just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: Lorianne

If she were pro-life, maybe. Sadly, she has described herself a mildly pro-baby killing...I mean choice.


35 posted on 09/22/2009 10:57:46 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Lorianne
""It's that simple," she declared, "if you want another terrorist attack in the U.S., abandon Afghanistan." "

and look for mushroom clouds in Iraq?

36 posted on 09/22/2009 10:58:59 AM PDT by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: Lorianne

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.


37 posted on 09/22/2009 10:59:39 AM PDT by roses of sharon ( Reagan said, "When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.")
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To: Lorianne

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!!!


38 posted on 09/22/2009 10:59:47 AM PDT by danamco
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To: Lorianne; All
Someone please post the guy with the "Oh please not this *hit again".

We've been through this stupidity before. A few years back many of us wanted Condi Rice to come back to California and run for Senate so we could get rid of the awful Barbara Boxer. She refused. She would have been a strong candidate and I would have paid good money to see her destroy Barbara Boxer in a debate. It would have been a slaughter.

Many people were pushing her for president, believe it or not. We've seen what happens when we put in someone who doesn't have much of a political track record.

I'm all in favor of Rice running for Senate in the next few years so we can get rid of Boxer or even Feinstein. This is where she should start.
39 posted on 09/22/2009 11:00:39 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: Lorianne

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!


40 posted on 09/22/2009 11:03:53 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Lorianne

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.


41 posted on 09/22/2009 11:05:36 AM PDT by Rockingham
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To: Lorianne

as for mssss rice....no thank you...


42 posted on 09/22/2009 11:07:53 AM PDT by joe fonebone (I am racist, hear me roar....I don't give a crap anymore....)
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To: FastCoyote

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.


43 posted on 09/22/2009 11:07:53 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Lorianne

Condi Rice is an anti-Israel fanatic. I had quite enough of her under W.


44 posted on 09/22/2009 11:09:22 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Shuvah, Yisra'el, `ad HaShem 'Eloqeykha; ki khashalta ba`avonekha.)
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45 posted on 09/22/2009 11:10:25 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Above My Pay Grade

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.


46 posted on 09/22/2009 11:12:54 AM PDT by spintreebob
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To: Lorianne

Nina Easton is wrong. Condi is a liberal on abortion...how about Star Parker? :)


47 posted on 09/22/2009 11:14:25 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Lorianne

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.


48 posted on 09/22/2009 11:15:03 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Antoninus

She wasn’t Colin Powell.


49 posted on 09/22/2009 11:19:46 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: GraceG

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.


50 posted on 09/22/2009 11:20:52 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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