Vice President — Condoleezza Rice? (Peggy Noonan)

Please see Luke’s post on topic just prior to this one, below — GREAT comments there too!

Peggy Noonan has been one of my favorite writers for decades now. Most know she was a speech writer for President Reagan, but even without such notable credentials, she is gifted.

Secretary Rice — Photo Credit: AP

In her weekly Op-Ed column in The Wall Street Journal, she describes how she thinks both presidential campaigns are, well, “subdued.”

She ends the editorial with this surprise (referring to one of four items of importance still to learn of the candidates — the fourth being veep choice):

About which a note. Speaking the other day to a gathering of businesspeople from across the country, I mentioned the subdued nature of the election and my thoughts as to its reasons. I was surprised to get no push-back afterward, even from political enthusiasts, only agreement.

But the news: When conversation turned to the vice presidential nominee, I said we all know the names of those being considered, spoke of a few, and then said Condoleezza Rice might be a brilliant choice.

Here spontaneous applause burst forth.

Consider: A public figure of obvious and nameable accomplishment whose attainments can’t be taken away from her. Washington experience—she wouldn’t be learning on the job. Never run for office but no political novice. An academic, but not ethereal or abstract. A woman in a year when Republicans aren’t supposed to choose a woman because of what is now called the 2008 experience—so the choice would have a certain boldness. A black woman in a campaign that always threatens to take on a painful racial overlay. A foreign-policy professional acquainted with everyone who’s reigned or been rising the past 20 years.

I should add here the look on the faces of the people who were applauding. They looked surprised by their own passion. Actually they looked relieved, like a campaign was going on and big things might happen and maybe it could get kind of . . . exciting.

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There are so many reasons this would be a “brilliant choice” as suggested by Noonan above, in my opinion. She has been thoroughly vetted at the highest level of public opinion. Her credentials of national security and foreign affairs are outstanding. Most important to me is her preparation as an executive leader — indeed, she is a proven executive. If events caused her to become President, she would step in immediately as a strong, tested leader — she would not have to learn on the job as other VP candidates would and as Mr. Obama is still attempting to do (and failing) as POTUS.

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BREAKING: Condi Rice Moves to Top of Romney’s VP Shortlist

Romney/Rice 2012?

The news comes from Drudge:

Late Thursday evening, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign launched a new fundraising drive, ‘Meet The VP’ — just as Romney himself has narrowed the field of candidates to a handful, sources reveal.

And a surprise name is now near the top of the list: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice!

The timing of the announcement is now set for ‘coming weeks’.

It was Condi who received two standing ovations at Romney’s Utah retreat a few weeks ago, and everyone left with her name on their lips.

Rice made an extended argument for American leadership in the world.

What are your thoughts on a Romney/Rice ticket?

Romney Considering Woman as VP Running Mate (CBS Interview)

Early this morning, CBS published a brief segment of an interview of Mitt and Ann Romney from New Hampshire.

In this CBS interview, the reporter asks Ann Romney:

“Do you think he should nominate a woman?”

Ann replies,

“We’ve been looking at that and I’d love that option as well.”

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VEEP MADNESS! It’s Down to the Elite 8


veep bracket elite 8

Round 2 recap: We had our first #1 seed upset in Division B where (1)Bobby Jindal went down to (5)Condi Rice 53%-47%. In fact, all #1-4 seeds in Div. B have all been in eliminated. We also had our closest competition of the tournament where Allen West defeated Mike Pence by only 2 points. Had a single person who voted for West voted for Pence instead it would have been an exact tie. Of the eight candidates remaining four are non-white/Caucasian, two are female, three are/were Governors, two are Senators and two are Congressmen.

On to the Elite Eight!

Who would you want as Mitt Romney’s VP? The third round polls are below. Voting for this round will go until Tuesday.


VEEP MADNESS! Time to pick the bottom-half of the 2012 GOP ticket



Since this is a pro-Romney site it would be pointless to run a presidential preference tournament. So we are going to do the next best thing - pick the bottom half of the ticket. Click the image above to see the whole bracket. If you don’t like my seeding assignments… well… it was all pretty much arbitrary anyways.

The first round polls are below. Voting for this round will go until Sunday.


Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Endorses Meg Whitman

In an unusual foray into politics since leaving office, former 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed Republican CA gubernatorial hopeful, Meg Whitman, today:

Meg Whitman

In a statement emailed by the Whitman campaign, Rice said:

“California is my home and there is only one person running for Governor who can lead the way toward rebuilding our state.

“In my experiences in and out of government, I find the most effective leaders to be those who maintain a clear vision, mobilize diverse groups, and inspire them to work together in confronting the most pressing challenges. That is why I am supporting Meg Whitman.

“Meg will do what is needed to get California back on track.”

Rice has resisted efforts by voters to persuade her to run for offices ranging from governor to U.S. senator to president of the United States.

The primary election is June 8. The winner in the GOP primary will probably face Democrat Jerry Brown in November.

Brown, 71, previously served as governor of California, 1975-83, and waged three unsuccessful campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Meg Whitman: A Different Kind of Leader

“I will tell you there is a profound hunger for change, for leadership, and for authenticity.”
~ Meg Whitman

Mitt Romney is also supporting Meg Whitman. If we help elect Whitman, we can change California. A new California is vital for America! For information on how to help, go here.