Come on… seriously?

Upside: Peggy Noonan doesn’t think it’s a bad idea. Downside: Peggy Noonan didn’t think Obama was a bad idea either.

First off, the GOP needs to completely extricate themselves from all things “W.” Nothing personal against Bush — economy-wise, his presidency looks like the halcyon days of America compared to the Hope & Change debacle — but it’s time to move on.

Second, Condi Rice is a very bright woman and all, but she’s a moderate at best. Romney needs to shore up the base with a conservative choice and Rice won’t do that. For example, Rice has described herself as “moderately pro choice,” which is like being — almost literally — a “little bit pregnant.”

So far I’ve been generally impressed with the competency of the Romney campaign, which is why I think this Condi Rice rumor will remain just that.

Has Romney penciled in Sununu yet?

Update: A reminder about past Drudge Report “top of the list” running mate speculations.


20 Responses to “Unfounded Rumor of the Week: Condi Rice Tops Romney’s Running Mate List”

  1. backwoodsconservative on July 13th, 2012 12:07 pm

    She has said she has no interest in elected office. She has done so for years. I believe her. It's not going to happen.

    In my own life, I have been offered opportunities to move up the ladder into management positions and have turned them down every time. I'm not temperamentally suited for it. I understand how she feels.

  2. jeffythequick on July 13th, 2012 12:09 pm

    Other great choices…

    Jon Huntsman
    John McCain
    Harriet Myers
    Colin Powell
    Joe Scarborough
    Dick Lugar
    Lindsay Graham
    Hillary Clinton
    Lincoln Chafee
    Susan Collins
    Olympia Snowe
    what the heck… Barack Obama

    (Please tell me you know I'm being sarcastic… and I don't have to do that /sarc thing…)

    just to be sure…


  3. clu seatoe on July 13th, 2012 12:30 pm

    Running the name of Condi Rice up the nominee flag pole is like raising the dual, square red & blacks in that it’s an attention-getter saying, “…hey, look over here!”

    With all her past protestations, this is a one-eighty of un-believability, but it might do something to catch the attention of the “center-right” voter or even the “right-center” voter.

    It’s like the Romney campaign thought, if we can’t persuade her, at least we can use her and her name to grab some attention and get some voters out of their starting blocks.

  4. Marshall_Will on July 13th, 2012 12:33 pm

    Moreover, as Palin noted ( she's infinitely more qualified than our -current- pResident ) So in HER case, after O'Drama has perma-sullied The Office, this would actually be a demotion!

    In fact it would be for 94.7% of Doug and Michelle's posters.

  5. SignPainterGuy on July 13th, 2012 12:45 pm

    Condi is respectable in many ways and I admire her; we could do worse. Hey, we ARE doing worse !! BUT, she supports palestinians.

    I just pray it isn`t Portman. No, No, and NO ! Start w/ his Agenda 21 support and add from there !

    Sununu ? He`s nearly a blank slate for me.

  6. clu seatoe on July 13th, 2012 1:16 pm

    “…perma-sullied The Office…”

    Boy, Howdy!!
    The office and with his cronies and cohorts, perma-sullied the whole town and every building in it which now, unfortunately, includes the SCOTUS which can never be trusted again.

    Romney’s got guts even wanting to live and work under the same roof. Break out the steam cleaners and portable nukers.

  7. Truesoldier__ on July 13th, 2012 1:23 pm

    This may very well be more like a rope a dope move on the part of the Romney camp. I saw some reports this morning that the Dem's are dumping the current opposition research they have donw to start focusing on Condi. It said they have extensive files on Portman, Pawlenty and Rubio that they are dumping as they now beleive that Romney is now seriously looking at Condi. So for this to work, Romney needs to keep them looking at Condi, with the thought that Portman, Palenty or Rubio may be the fall back, and then go out and pick someone not on the radar at all……Like Scott Walker.

  8. Truesoldier__ on July 13th, 2012 1:25 pm

    Portman would be a disaster. Besides what you listed, the left would say that Romney was clamoring for the Bush years by brining in one of Bush's most staunch supporters.

    Condi is a foreign policy nightmare. I read John Bolton's book about his time at the UN not too long ago and he pointed out how Condi (while at State) would listen to the entrenched liberal bureacrats which ended up undermining many of the stances Bolton worked hard to put forth in the UN.

  9. Marshall_Will on July 13th, 2012 1:46 pm

    Agreed. It's such an imperative for Conservatives to act with so much UNpredictability we could actually be considered "an irrational player".

    In any MBA Course, they basically play "Monopoly" or trade widgets or whatever. When every player conducts themselves *rationally* at each intersection of the game playing, observers can predict who'll come out on top just a few moves into the game.

    It's gone on long enough, it's practically a science in itself. By becoming IRrational players, your opponent is forced to torch valuable resources preparing for multiple outcomes. And that's practically a science too. I rec. it in our PERSONAL lives as well.

  10. Truesoldier__ on July 13th, 2012 1:55 pm

    Not only this, but think about how much campaign cash has been compiled on the reports they dumped and how much more will be expended on researching Condi. Couple that with the lackluster fundraiser Obama has been doing and you can see where this could be headed down the home stretch.

  11. SignPainterGuy on July 13th, 2012 2:02 pm

    Yes, it`s all coming back up on me now !

  12. SignPainterGuy on July 13th, 2012 2:06 pm

    "….where this could be headed …"; I`m goin` WAAAAY out on a limb here with this`n; Zero is spending so much more than he`s raising, he will exit this race owing money in HISTORIC and record amounts !! I mean, everything about this mis-administration has been "unprecedented, HISTORIC and record-breaking", why not end it with record "campaign debt" ?!

  13. Truesoldier__ on July 13th, 2012 2:10 pm

    LOL…wouldn't it be a nice parting gift for him to have to file for bankruptcy on his way out of the oval office…..especially if his bankruptcy case found its way in front of a judge who treated him the same way he treated the Chrysler Bond Holders….

  14. Marshall_Will on July 13th, 2012 2:14 pm


    And I can 'quote' you on that? Damn it just rolls off the tongue so natural like I LOVE it!

    Never thought about it but he's probably pulling LOC's OTA because -every- webpage I GO to, on purpose, link, accidentally has his freaking MUG on it! That or Meanchelle's.

    Just keeping throwing names out there Mitt. Lol

  15. SignPainterGuy on July 13th, 2012 2:32 pm

    "… a nice parting gift …."; this would be a gift worthy of many Thank You Notes !

    I just wonder if it`s possible to track down all the money he`s pilfered from the Treasury; to know his true gross worth !?

  16. jeffythequick on July 13th, 2012 3:34 pm

    I don't believe in the perma-sully, but I do believe that Romney's first 100 days can be a sea change, and here's how:

    Don't listen to the opposition on the decisions that he needs to make, and set the agenda as follows:
    0. Repeal ObamaCare. Sign no laws until that is repealed.
    1. Reduce government size in all departments by 30%
    2. Reduce spending by 30%
    3. Eliminate (not defund, but leave the shell intact) EPA, DoE (both of them)
    4. On #1 above, that includes defense. Put out a call to the world that if we're attacked, we will destroy whomever attacked us, take over their land, add a star, two senators, and proportional representation to those that attacked us, or harbored those that attacked us.

    If you look at what Nixon did (he added EPA and OSHA, and he was almost impeached), no matter what you give to the left, they'll hate you, so might as well give the right what it wants.

  17. ChapBix on July 14th, 2012 4:01 pm

    SCOTUS can regain that trust were they to return to an originalist approach to the constitution that does not allow them to make up rights which are not in there. There are rights conferred up on the people by the Creator as stated in the founding documents. Those are unalienable, not subject to the dictatorial whims of politicians or bureaucrats. Rights that government (ie., the ruling class), confers can also be taken away.

  18. SignPainterGuy on July 14th, 2012 4:27 pm

    Oh, that is so …… 18th Century ! Haven`t you heard, the Constitution was written by a bunch of now-dead slave owner haters ? The Constitution is a living, breathing, MORPHING document; adjustable, flexible to fit the times !

    Our betters say so !

  19. ChapBix on July 14th, 2012 4:32 pm

    Putting Condi's name out there is simply a distraction. It's being done by people who are not part of the campaign itself. Useful to Mitt but probably not traceable to him.

  20. ChapBix on July 14th, 2012 4:37 pm

    Wonder how many vendors will be holding notes from the Obama campaign on November 7 waiting to be paid for items supplied, or services provided, to the campaign? Should I feel empathy for them? Not really. They could refuse when asked or get their money up front before handing over the items or services.

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