If he's looking at Condi, it's because he's trying to play their game of winning over voters based on race or gender. It's possible the campaign is still worried about that "war on women" crap along with all the race baiting. If a black woman is your vp, you kill two birds with one stone.
She might very well be the VP. There is a prophecy that says that there will be a woman in the White House. That's it. It doesn't say who, when, or the exact position, as God often likes to keep us in the dark. I think most people think it would be Sarah Palin, but it could very well be Condi Rice as the VP. Who knows! We shall see how things will unfold.
Keyes doesn't translate. Far too intellectual. Loses people in the discussions. They nod off, whereas Allen West keeps people's attention while he gets his great points across. He articulates circles around Mr. Keyes.
This was a response to somebody.
Sec of State Condoleezza Rice would give Romney an aire of conservative credibility, not to mention passion and energy, just like Gov Palin did with that Progressive Republicrat RINO McCain..
But I foresee Romney never picking Ms. Condeleezza Rice for the VP slot, for she is more intelligent, articulate, experienced, and conservative than Romney will ever be, and as such, Romney's progressive self ego will never allow someone to overshadow him. He is not that smart, humble, enlightened, and intelligent..
I foresee Romney probably picking someone like Christie, a sidekick to do his bidding, and not someone who would over shadow him in the important area's that matter, which he lacks, like Sec of State Rice does.
Condi is a danger much like Justice Roberts was. Here was my analysis when the RINO's floated this last fall - http://www.politijim.com/2011/12/condi-rice-conservative-vp-no.html
She is pro-choice (her book) and Dick Cheney claims she's very moderate in foreign policy - the ONE thing you would think would be her strength. She never had the guts to run for politics meaning - she has never learned skills of how to LISTEN to the people.
As I close my article - "thanks for your service Condi, but maybe we can help you to unseat Roger Goodell instead.
I agree with Mark Levin that this will be a huge mistake if he chooses Condi Rice. She's a great lady and very intelligent, but she's very progressive and most likely voted for Obama.
This will kill Mitt. At least the conservatives still have Tampa to make their decision.
Romney owns Drudge so this is certainly orchestrated. Romney needs a Bush lobatomy. Every step he takes is in response to those who backed him. He will float this and Drudge will poll it and see if it gets traction. I do not see her as the leader of the free world. More likely a college professor. I suspect Rove, the architect has his fingers in this. There is a GOPe political motive here. Want to guess what it is?
-- and West has a good understanding of the why and how of Islam and knows how to express it off the cuff. I am always amazed in to his incites in to political science thru the ages.
My opinion - I like Condi and I think she would be an asset for candidate Romney. She would be a net positive and would help his election chances. I don't think she would be much of an asset after the election though should Romney win. The main issues after the election if he wins will hopefully be repealing Obamacare and reigning in government spending. She has not been an advocate on these issues and has too timid of a personality to help fight these battles. I would much rather have someone like Scott Walker, Rand Paul or Paul Ryan in the spot after the election.
Edit: I also believe Romney can win with any of these other options. This is his election to win or lose.
Its like going right into the lions den picking her. All we hear is blame Bush, blame republicans of the last 8 years now Mitt is considering getting someone from that admin for VP??? INSANE! If this is true if she gets the nod its over and we are all screwed!
Use this tag on twitter #condirice
Condoleeza Rice said she was "especailly proud" of Obama win.
"An emotional Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reveled Wednesday in Barack Obama's election, calling it an 'extraordinary step forward' for the nation."
She seemed to be the right person for the job at the time as Sec. of State under GW, but she is not the right one for VP in the most critical election in the recent history of the US.
The link to Bush is inescapable and will prove deadly if Republicans hand the Democrats a slam-dunk to destroy Romney.
The GOP VP pick is always portrayed by the media as a incompetent baffoon.
The Romney people think Rice can neutralize those attacks by picking a black woman with Rice's background. She's highly educated at prestigious institutions, check. She's been head of the NSA and Secretary of state, experience Check. She's a woman, war on women meme thwarted. She's black, racism attack thwarted.
As for the VP debate, she will make Biden look like the foolish uncle buck that every family has. It won't even be close.
Shrewd move if you ask me. Does she have RINO tendencies? You bet. But she would be running for VP not President. VP seldom helps a campaign but can be a liability with today's crooked media.
Condi is a very shrewd pick indeed.
I personally don't want a woman vp. I'm not saying that a woman couldn't handle it but if something happens to the president and the vp takes over, would this country be ready for a woman as president? I am not so sure. ps. I am a woman so there is no bigotry with me.
I am a woman too and I understand your concern.
Having said that however, I really did support Sarah Palin's run in 2008 ;)
But this is not 2008 anymore.....and honestly, I too would prefer a good strong male leader as Romney's running mate. Fighting the Chicago Thugs n Slugz will require someone with the 'b*llz' to match their tactics and be willing to fight to the death.
Condi just ain't that person.
In fact I think I recall reading about her making quite fawning comments about Obama in recent times......?
I have always liked her demeanour and I respect her accomplishments, but I feel choosing her would be a mistake for THIS particular run.
Being a woman shouldn't ever be a criteria, much as being Black should not be a criteria for the Presidency. Rice has many qualifications that would suit her well in the position of VP, the most important being able to assume the role of President.
I'm sure you're not talking in terms of bigotry, but the country is indeed ready for a woman to be President. That's as it should be. Romney may well be picking her because she's Black and a woman (to help him with those liberal attacks), but I would hope he's picking her because she's qualified politically.
She is not the most Conservative choice. But, damn, I want to win, and I think she helps with the minority and the women voters.
Which is exactly the wrong reason to pick someone. I was so proud of him for speaking at the NAACP. Well I guess we should expect this because when I look at Rooney's decision making in Mass. particularly when it came the Romney care, I wasn't impress. And to me this is just an extension of his fallible and flawed decision-making. Could this be a set-up? He will probably come back with Rob Portman!
The GOP VP nominee needs to be in constant attack mode to force Obama on the defensive. That's not in Rice's nature. Allen West fits the bill.
The fact she's a woman is of no import to liberals.If you're not a liberal,you can't really be black.I would much prefer Allen West.He'd make Plughead soil his Depends.
Drudge is running a poll on this 61% in favor. Time for a therightscoop.com poll. Scoop! make it happen. :-)
Good jobs guys: I KNEW you would have this up in record time :)
Ps: I think Condi is a terrible choice given her links to the Iraq war, and the Bush years. Plus, I think picking a Black VP is going to look like pandering....
Let's hope it's not her.
I think Condi is qualified and articulate and can stand on her own, without race being an issue. But, she has a tendency to be a bit convoluted because she has been in academia. I mean we have Obama and Michelle who also come from academia and when picking a VP you need to think of them as having the ability to run the Country. So do we need another academia type? I think Allen West is much better choice because of his knowledge, ability to lead, and ability to communicate the Constitution. I don't think I have ever heard Condi articulate the Constitution, but I could be wrong. I respect her tremendously but I am not really a fan so I don't care who Romney picks we just need to get him elected. I cannot believe that they are making this out to be a media event.
I hope not. She actually helped to get Raila Odinga installed in Kenya. I don't think she really gets the islam thing.
Well, if true, this will be a show to watch! I'll wait to hear how the race baiters deal with the first black VP candidate, and a woman to boot. Imagine the pretzels they will have to turn themselves into. Actually, Miss Rice is someone I always admired. I thought she was smart as hell. I have no idea about her conservative/moderate tendencies, so I won't speak to that. I have always admired her, though.
I sorta used to admire her too - until she intruded herself into the Middle East. As keyesforpresident says, she doesn't get the islam thing and was a disastrous addition to Israel's problems. In fact, Rice caused many of them and exacerbated others.
And, further, if her rumoured candidacy for VP is based on her colour, nothing could be more reprehensible and likely to backfire big time. Not so sure the likes of the NAACP would relate to her particularly or give her their support.
She's on a par with Colin Powell in my mind - definitely NOT a conservative. She can play the piano well, though.
Rice was great back in the Cold War days when she was working for Jeannie Kirpatrick. She's a Russian specialist, but clueless on the ME and Islam. She's another land-for-peace idiot.
If Romney is looking for a "black" counterweight to Obama, then why not choose a better counterwight like Alan West. At least he knows the world better than Rice does.
Oh and if he was looking to energize the base with that pick, he just failed miserably.
Ooh, land for peace. I didn't know that. Not good. :-(
Allen West would be awesome, but they won't pick him because he's fairly new (first term, right? I think..) and that would lay them open to the charge of hypocrite since we (rightly) criticized the dems' choice of Obama as a first-term senator. Still, though, it's apples & oranges, and Allen West would do a great job. Love him.
I have nothing but respect for Condi Rice and her service, but everything you said about the Mid East + Islam is 100% correct. She made a big mess here in Israel when she was at the U.S State Dept, and was whispering into Bush's ear all the time with very bad advice. She was weak as an ally when we were at War with Lebanon / Hezbollah Terrorists, weak on Hamas sezing power in Gaza, she put terrible pressure on Israel re the Palestinians, supports cutting the holy city Jerusalem in half.. and is alarmingly naive on the Jihad threat to both our nations. I respect her but on all this and more.. Oy Vey.
These issues are exactly what Mr. Romney would delegate to her since he has almost no foreign experience.
Thanks for posting. It's good to hear from folks in Israel.
It is amazing how a woman that knows 5 languages can't get the islam thing. It's really quite simple and would make a great bumper sticker....
"It's Islam, stupid"
It is also against international law to make you guys give up any land.
Actually, let's keep Col. Allen West in congress (we need him there right now) and let's go with Alan Keyes!
So how is Keyes doing on that LGBT thing? He's had some bumps there.
If he runs, he will have to learn to be concise. In the 2008 debates, he always ran long and went off topic, way way off topic.
I agree, LGBT need to keep to themselves. I actually think it may be a mild mental disorder like dyslexia, ahdh, or color blindness. I base this on the fact that head injuries seem to sometime cause homophobia. Some cases may be psychotic, caused by the environment they were raised in, but not all. They need to make the best of their lives that they can.
well, no worries. Romney would never pick him. I think the LGBT need to keep their preferences to themselves. One's sexual preference is a private matter and should not be waved around.
Nope. I want a warrior as a VP. Alan West is the perfect choice. I want him front and center in every debate. I don't need a guy guy who comes off as an elitist.
So has Alan West and he's still hanging tough. Steadfast and loyal. Just what I expect from an old Infantryman.
Which is the very same point that I have harped on dozens of times in this blog and elsewhere. And I'm still hearing crickets chirping from the Repubik party on that score.
We need him to remain as governor. We keep wanting to pull great people out of their elected positions. We need good folks in the governor positions. That is actually a more important position than vp.
If Ron Paul wore his religion on his sleeve he'd be Alan Keyes. That might make the religious right forget about the moronism, but I don't think that's even an issue compared to Obama's questionable cred there. I really think we need someone who has won popular votes against really bad odds. I can think of a really good Wisconsin governor.
Not in my view. I want a guy who can speak well, is righteous and is right on damn near everything. It doesn't hurt his cause in my eyes that he was a damn good combat commander who led from the front. Who put his own needs last and his men's needs and safety first.
I've heard Keyes speak many times. My impression remains: He's a smug elitist. He just doesm't resonate with me at any level, whether he is right or not. Its the same reason that I avoid talk radio. I like who I like and dislike who I dislike. I make up my own mind and do my own research. I don't need anyone to do that for me.
And I prefer a man's man over an academic. Alan Keyes should stay with his mission to win back the souls of his wandering Catholic constituentcy. Its a good place for him to be. I know plenty of Catholics who could use a few more Alan Keyes in their parishes. But for VP, I'll take the badass Infantry guy over an Alan Keyes any day.
I've heard him speak many times. He can fight the culture war. But in politics I want a killer, not a an elitist.
"If Romney is looking for a "black" counterweight to Obama"
That's exactly what it sounds like and it's pathetic. They are trying to shoehorn a Bush era/establishment accepted person into the modern conservative movement and into another stupid appointment, based on race, like they did with the incompetent Steele.
As far as Russia- If that is her true area of expertise, then I would like her to be involved since I think Russia is a bigger threat now since they have been running under the radar during this administration, and I do feel that they have infiltrated our government deeply.
I couldn't agree more. She is a RINO (Republican In Name Only) through and through.,,,but we may need someone to put a damper on Mr. Putin's recent show.
Exactly what it is- Remember when Romney wasn't doing so well during the primary, and the establishment kept throwing crap against the wall to see what would stick? They kept pushing candidates that were pre-approved by the DC types, that would hopefully have enough pull with conservatives so that we would back them. We're sick of those games- Allen West should be on the very short list....no more throwbacks.