“Condoleezza Rice was made National Security Adviser by George W. Bush in 2001 and served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States from 2005-2009” (Biography)
So what are the pros and cons for Rice?
- She has never held elected office. Running for the national ticket is no place for one to “cut their teeth” in politics.
- She is a neoconservative when it comes to foreign policy, which lead to Bush’s controversial Iraq War that many on the independents and some conservatives never supported.
- No one knows where she stands on any issues except national security, foreign policy, and defense. Those were certainly her areas of expertise, so this is not unusual. But it is unusual to have a major vice-presidential candidate who is not known on domestic policy issues during the worst economy since the Great Depression.
- The media seems to fear a woman or minority conservative more than anything. She obviously brings both to the ticket. Expect the attacks on her to be very strong.
- The base of the party is looking for a very strong conservative VP choice to make up for the problem of how Romney’s record does not match his rhetoric. As governor, he was a moderate (to even liberal) chief executive. The GOP base is not happy with this.
- She has never run for ANY office, so she can somewhat combat the “career politician” image that is so out of style today.
- She is very smart, attractive, and eloquent. No matter how much you dislike her policies, one is foolish to try to discount her abilities.
- Romney is stiff and, like it or not, he is a member of a religion (Mormonism) that has a history of being significantly behind the curve in its view of women and minorities (blacks in particular). It would be very difficult to call Romney a “women hater” or “racist” with a selection like her.
- Rice knows this election is about domestic issues and since she has virtually no paper trail on such, expect her to take some strong positions that will sit very comfortably with the GOP rank and file.
- She was born in Alabama and is probably familiar with the deep South in a way that would be beneficial to Romney and make his ticket even more sympathetic to voters there.
A Good Choice?
The mainstream media continues to argue for a “safe choice” for Romney. The man who looks like a cardboard cutout and has serious problems connecting with people needs to make a bold move to overcome his many negatives. Unlike former Governor Sarah Palin, who had no idea what she was getting into on the national scene, Rice has “been there, done that” and provides a bold choice that is also intelligent.
Would Rice be my first choice for VP? Probably not, Marco Rubio still appears to be the man to beat. But Rice might now be the person to not only steal the weekend, but the VP spot.