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Secretary of State Condoleezza said this weekend that she has no plan to seek the Oval Office in 2008. “I don’t have any desire to run for president”, Rice said while looking down at George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week”.
A flat denial in Washington DC can only mean one thing… she’s running for president in 2008.
Columnist, political strategist extraordinaire, and man Bill Clinton said into the telephone “repeat that, and this time without the hooker’s foot in your mouth” to nightly while he was his advisor, Dick Morris, thinks Condi is one of only a handful of people who could defeat Hillary in 2008.
I think that’s wildly overstated. 2004 proved that voters aren’t as likely to fall for candidates who say one thing and do another.
There are already “draft Condi” movements gaining momentum. Rice2008.com is one example.
Dick Morris’s fears about a nearly invincible Hillary can only be due to an expectation of massive voter naivete, but this won’t be the case. Red states will, if Hillary runs, only get redder.
If Hillary does go for it, she’ll have to rely on her husband to help people ask themselves if they want to go back to those peaceful times, when another Clinton was in office, and there were only five destructive missiles launched in eight years two at Afghanistan, two at Sudan and the one documented in the Starr Report.
I don’t doubt for one second that this country was at least a little safer when Bill Clinton was president, especially concerning China. The Chinese weren’t about to nuke the White House with their own citizens crashing in the Lincoln Bedroom, especially if they had the state checkbook with them.
How might a Hillary Clinton administration deal with terrorism and despotism? Probably in a way eerily similar to how her husband handled it. Your enemies usually won’t want to harm you if they’re profiting from the relationship. It’s “security by mutual extortion”– an under-the-table quasi-free market system that provides open communists abroad and closet Marxists at home with a way to practice guilt-free capitalism without publicly compromising their principles. Presumably, Hillary’s administration would pick up right where her husband left off.
A good many voters, more than enough to stop her, will catch on to this, and the plethora of other Clinton negatives.
Republicans won’t need Condoleezza Rice to counter Hillary, but they will need an awful big scoop to pick up all the BS.