Skip to comments.The Case Against Condi
Posted on 07/13/2012 11:37:05 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie
I doubt Romney is seriously considering Rice, because it seems so obvious that she would be a disastrous pick. Just in case there are people who do not see this, let me run through some of the reasons.
1) Her selection would seriously offend many social conservatives possibly enough to depress their turnout. In general, I think claims that conservatives will stay home in this election are overblown: Opposition to President Obama is running pretty hot. A vice-presidential nominee who is mildly in favor of letting a million unborn children be killed every year, though, would be one of the few things that would make this scenario plausible. Keep in mind, she would be the first pro-choicer on a Republican ticket since Roe v. Wade unless she flipped and made herself look like a political hack just as the country was being introduced to her as a candidate.
2) Related: Her selection would require Romney to go back on his word. During the primaries, he committed to picking a pro-life vice president. (See the South Carolina forum held on September 5, 2011.)
3) Further related: Her selection would reinforce doubts conservatives already have about him.
4) He might get a convention fight. It only takes a majority of six states delegations to force a floor vote on an alternative vice-presidential nominee. Imagine what a mess that would be for Romney.
5) We have no idea where she stands on, or how much she knows about, or how comfortable she is discussing, a lot of issues. Where does she stand on same-sex marriage? If the press challenges her on the Ryan budgets draconian cuts to Pell Grants, what would she say?
6) She has never run for anything. Yes, she has been in the public eye. Running for office, let alone the vice presidency, is a very different experience one she may not be ready for.
7) Her foreign-policy views will draw opposition from some segments of the party without drawing enthusiastic support from any of them. Im neither a Paulite nor a neoconservative on foreign policy though Im closer to the latter so it doesnt bother me that she too belongs to neither camp. As a supporter of the Iraq War who opposed the surge, though, she is in something of a political no mans land in the Republican party.
8) Wed get to relitigate the foreign-policy decisions of the Bush years. Remember the sixteen words controversy, which led to Plame-gate? You will by the end of a campaign with her on the ticket.
9) Any attempts to distance Romney from the Bush years in general would instantly be undone.
10) Romney puts a great deal of stock in his experience as an executive and a manager. How good is Rices track record in this respect? My understanding and I could be wrong is that one of the main things a national-security adviser is supposed to do is manage the national-security apparatus of the executive branch so that its working as one. This is something that famously did not happen during Rices time at the NSA, when the Pentagon, State, and the CIA were working at cross purposes. (Unity in the executive was something the Bush administration believed in theory.)
11) Meanwhile, I dont see the upside. Are there uncommitted voters who really miss the foreign policy of the Bush years? The notion that picking Rice will help Republicans make inroads against Obama with black voters is a pathetic fantasy.
Romney would be nuts to pick Rice. Hes not perfect, but hes not nuts.
Rice would be the worst pick possible. Pro-abortion, anti-Israel and not one black voter would switch to Romney anyway. So what’s the point?
Good arguments. Can’t be denied.
He should pick Nikki Haley or any one of the other republican conservative women governors. because there asre more of them than female dim governors.
As a student of a Catholic high school, the Sisters of Loretta taught me, I am pleased to be at an institution of higher education with such strong and celebrated Catholic and Jesuit traditions . . . You see, I got my Master's Degree at Notre Dame. (Boos.) I acquired a passion for the fighting Irish . . . and my family has been college educated and Presbyterian ever since. (Laughter and applause.) . . . I wandered into a course on international politics taught by a Czech refugee who specialized in Soviet studies, a man who had a daughter by the name of Madeleine Albright. With that one class, I was hooked. I discovered that my passion was Russia and all things Russian.
PPLEEEEEEEEEEASE, Mitt, WHOEVER you pick make sure they are a REAL Natural Born Citizen (ie NO Jindal, No Rubio, NO NON-NBCs)
And I’ve heard rumors about her personal life that, if true, could cause her big problems. I don’t know if these rumors have any merit, but you know how the left is. They’ll drag her through the mud worse than they did Clarence Thomas and Sarah Palin.
Is this speculation about Condi Rice for Veep a trial balloon by The Romney Etch-a-Sketch Harvard Team?
Or, is this just more Axelrod Obamasmoke gleefully spread by the Liberal Agenda Media?
Tons of BUSH baggage too
With a team member who meets those qualifications, he will unite his base and probably become our next president. That is unless Obama declares an emergency or steals the election. In any event, we're in so much trouble that I'm not sure it matters who wins the election.
I hope that Romney isn’t falling into the trap of thinking that a black candidate will somehow grant him immunity from attacks; it won’t.
A small positive...at least we could accuse the left of being sexist and racist when they start their attacks.
He knows that they will be pleased with his choices among recent immigrant families.
Condie isn’t being considered. This is just another “story of the day” from Axelrod so no one notices Obama killed welfare reform.
But, but, but, but, Saint Sarah said she’d be a wonderful pick.
St. Sarah can’t be wrong, can she???????????
Relax Ramesh. It isn’t going to be Condi.
These are like star-turns on the Oscars red carpet. This weekend is “Condi Weekend”. Next week will be another Republican (slightly more important than Condi Rice). The game continues until we get an actual announcement. Probably just before the convention.
The veep we have is a gaff machine.
Plus, he's a plagiarist.
Obama still wins.