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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Condi as veep? We think not

Consider this the obligatory post regarding this rumor. It was floated yesterday by Dan Senor, and needless to say it didn't make us happy when we heard of it, nor did it cause too much elation with the 'Net friends we have:

ABCNews’ Mary Bruce Reports: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is actively courting the vice presidential nomination, Republican strategist Dan Senor said.

“Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this,” Senor said this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

According to Senor, Rice has been cozying up to the Republican elite.

“There's this ritual in Washington: The Americans for Tax Reform, which is headed by Grover Norquist, he holds a weekly meeting of conservative leaders -- about 100, 150 people, sort of inside, chattering, class types,” Senor said. “They all typically get briefings from political conservative leaders. Ten days ago, they had an interesting visit -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice -- the first time a secretary of state has visited the Wednesday meeting.”

Senor explained that Rice’s history in public office would make her a prime candidate, especially in light of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain’s emphasis on experience throughout his campaign.

“What the McCain campaign has to consider is whether or not they want to pick a total outsider, a fresh face, someone a lot younger than him, a governor who people aren't that familiar with," Senor said. "The challenge they're realizing is that they'll have to have to spend 30 to 45 days, which they won't have at that point, educating the American public about who this person is.

“The other category is someone who people instantly say, the second they see that announcement, 'I get it, that person could be president tomorrow,'" Senor added. "Condi Rice is an option.”

She's not a great choice; not even an option is our minds. First, she's never been elected to any office she's held. Second, while she was a decent NSA, she has sucked at State. We expected to see some of the bureaucratic trash taken out, and we haven't seen it. Lastly, she's connected to the Bush administration, and we'd prefer that McCain have some new blood with him.

Look, the reason why we're in the mess we're in at State, at the Pentagon, with our intelligence services, etc., is because we constantly have holdovers from previous administrations. This time around, we'd prefer there not be any holdovers. McCain will have enough problems to address in the world, and we should really ask ourselves if we want forward thinking, or backward thinking with such things. If the West Bank goes up, do we really want someone pushing a two-state solution, without holding the Palestinians accountable, involved in any decision that would have to be carried out.

She's nice and all, but she's not the right choice for a veep. A veep is someone who balances the ticket, and McCain's got his foreign policy credentials. He doesn't need that. He needs a young conservative that can give him help in areas where he is weak, like economics. All she brings to the table is her experience at State and the NSA, and he doesn't need that.

Publius II


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