Drudge: Condi Rice near the top of Romney’s VP shortlist? Update: “No Condi”

posted at 8:56 pm on July 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

I gave you two possibilities in the update to Erika’s post, before we knew who the “surprising” new frontrunner was. Either it was a bona fide scoop or it was a red herring deliberately leaked by Team Mitt to draw the media away from today’s Bain storyline. Now that we know who the alleged surprise frontrunner is, my money’s on the second explanation.

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.

Any reason to believe there’s something to this? Arguably, yes: This piece by Bill Kristol published last Friday seemed strange and random at the time, but in light of tonight’s Drudge tease, it looks in hindsight like maybe BK got a tip from someone who’s tapped in and seized the opportunity to look prescient. Coincidentally, Rush Limbaugh mentioned her on the air yesterday too; doubly coincidentally, Peggy Noonan’s new column in the Journal tomorrow is all about how awesome Condi Rice might be as VP. I didn’t take Ann Romney seriously when she hinted that Team Mitt was considering a woman for the ticket, but the sudden Condi buzz among big-name Republicans makes me wonder if either something’s leaked or if Team Mitt is feeding this to friends who have microphones in order to try to create some advance grassroots buzz for his eventual pick.

And yet, I don’t buy it. Problem one: Bush, Bush, Bush. As I’ve said before, Jeb Bush can’t run for president because he’s related to Dubya but Dubya’s handpicked NSA-turned-Secretary-of-State is A-OK as number two? Why not double down and promise that Hank Paulson will be back at Treasury if Mitt wins? In fact, ironically, Condi may deliver the worst of both worlds. To doves, she’s a symbol of Bush’s alleged crazed hawkishness; to hawks, she’s a dove who can’t be trusted. Not sure how many foreign-policy points there are in that.

Problem two: Last I checked, Condi’s pro-choice. Admittedly, as you’ll see below, her position comes with lots of caveats, but so what? That won’t spare Romney a headache with social conservatives that he could have avoided by picking a veep from the 98 percent or so of prominent Republican officials who are pro-life. Besides, as John McCormack noted a few days ago, Romney’s already pledged not to choose a pro-choicer. Even if Condi’s had a Romney-esque “awakening” on this issue in later life and has now become pro-life, that only means that instead of having one candidate on the ticket whose reversal on abortion seems mighty opportunistic, we’ll have two.

Problem three: If Mitt’s thinking that he’ll earn huge diversity points with women and minority voters by running with Condi, I’d like to know why. Obama won a bigger share of women’s votes four years ago than Kerry, Gore, or Clinton did despite McCain having Palin on the ticket. (Reagan won women in a landslide after Mondale made Ferraro his number two.) The left will attack any woman and/or minority VP choice viciously as “inauthentic” and illegitimate in order to avoid losing any women or minority votes to the GOP. Look no further than the fervent effort today to paint Romney as some kind of racist for agreeing to speak to the NAACP and then refusing to remove his standard stump line about repealing ObamaCare to please them. There’s no one way they’re going to let a Republican candidate get even the tiniest, slipperiest foothold with a constituency they depend on for political survival. If Condi’s the pick, we’ll spend a solid three weeks hearing about her buying shoes during Katrina even though she’s since addressed that at length. That’s not to say that liberal attacks will necessarily succeed or that the prospect of them should determine Mitt’s choice, just to say that adding diversity to the ticket is by no means a slam dunk in terms of peeling away some of the Democrats’ core demographics.

Exit question: What’s the deal? Is this legit or is this a red herring being floated for political reasons? If the latter, you can already anticipate the left’s spin if/when Mitt ends up passing over Condi for boring white guy Rob Portman or Tim Pawlenty.

Update: NRO’s Robert Costa is hearing otherwise:

Top Romney source tells me “no Condi.” More: Romney wants someone more comfortable in ‘attack dog’ mode

I hear a few UT retreat attendees (donors, etc.) are stirring Condi buzz. Per people I trust, it’s not Boston-driven


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AP, dude, you are on fire.

Next story s/b about how Pelosi threatened the minority committee’s black from going forward with the release of national securit secrets, until after the election, just one day after he’d written a letter to ask the admin. for all the documentation…today he backed down. It was on the Bret Bair show.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

In the vice presidential debate she would rip bozo Biden a new one.

jake49 on July 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Obvious shiny thing.

Bmore on July 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Besides, as John McCormack noted a few days ago, Romney’s already pledged not to choose a pro-choicer.

Allah thinks Mittens would feel encumbered by a promise? That’s so cute!

Stoic Patriot on July 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Problem two: Last I checked, Condi’s pro-choice. Admittedly, as you’ll see below, her position comes with lots of caveats, but so what?

So what is right. Santorum’s boasting on national tv that he voted to fund Planned Parenthood didn’t stop Ed and Malkin from endorsing him.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

NO. She’s a Bush squish, no way in hell.

Daemonocracy on July 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

ABO

crash72 on July 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Really?

Are you looking a gift topic in the mouth?

cozmo on July 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

https://twitter.com/robertcostaNRO/statuses/223575945188098048

No go.

thebrokenrattle on July 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

This would be a disaster, Romney can’t have someone wishy washy on abortion of all things on his ticket.

vegconservative on July 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Well, yeah, she has that pro-abortion and Bush team baggage, but whatever…

obladioblada on July 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Please Mitt, don’t do it!

Right Mover on July 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Umm, team Romney just tweeted that Condi is not the pick, and Crosspatch mentioned it in the other thread.

Via twitter:

@robertcostaNRO: Top Romney source tells me “no Condi.” More: Romney wants someone more comfortable in ‘attack dog’ mode”

crosspatch on July 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Did you not know, or did you just post because you had worked so hard on that thing?

Mr. Arkadin on July 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Trial balloon. Nothing more.

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Bush league pick…

idesign on July 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Everyone is denying it. Rice makes no sense. She’s too tied to Bush, has no experience campaigning and has little experience with domestic issues. I see Condi as a potential Secretary of State nominee in the Romney cabinet, but that’s it.

TheLastBrainLeft on July 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Why is she a republican…what issues does she agree on with them.

tomas on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

If the Romney camp is smart there will be plenty of red herrings along the way and no announcement until the convention. If his campaign is real smart he’ll be seen having a private meeting with Palin just to throw the MSM into tizzy.

Browncoatone on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

What’s the deal? Is this legit or is this a red herring being floated for political reasons? If the latter, you can already anticipate the left’s spin if/when Mitt ends up passing over Condi for boring white guy Rob Portman or Tim Pawlenty.

Said this on the other thread, but I see it not coming from the Romney camp at all, either seriously or as a trial balloon, but from Team Obama.

They have yet to seriously go after Romney on the “Mormon’s didn’t allow black leaders until recently” meme, but it’s coming. How better to set the table than to float Rice out there and for Romney to pass her over in favor of some white guy who’s wealthy, powerful or both?

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Problem 4: She voted for Obama in 2008. Non-starter.

Right Mover on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

AP, dude, you are on fire.

Next story s/b about how Pelosi threatened the minority committee’s black from going forward with the release of national securit secrets, until after the election, just one day after he’d written a letter to ask the admin. for all the documentation…today he backed down. It was on the Bret Baer show.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Hypocrisy is so common in democratic party politicians, maybe it’s even required.

slickwillie2001 on July 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Put me down for red herring. Not a chance.

flyfisher on July 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Problem One exists with Portman, too. And Problem Three is nonexistent…I don’t think he’d choose her on the basis of scoring diversity points. He’d do so, I suspect, to shore up his foreign policy cred and because she’d be ready to step into the job if needed.

Problem two is more of a base issue and potentially the most problematic. But, the other option is a guy who voted to let babies die who’d been born alive, so…

Doesn’t matter, though. I think it’s a trial balloon meant to distract from the Bain lies from Obama.

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

If the Romney camp is smart there will be plenty of red herrings along the way and no announcement until the convention. If his campaign is real smart he’ll be seen having a private meeting with Palin just to throw the MSM into tizzy.

Browncoatone on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

That would be way to much fun. Romney is not like that.

Bmore on July 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Trial balloon. Nothing more.

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Big winner: HA hits.

slickwillie2001 on July 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

No way… I don’t buy it.

wcwindbag on July 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

TXUS, good point.

Bmore on July 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Smells like Bush.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on July 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Why is she a republican…what issues does she agree on with them.

tomas on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Big government and promulgating the War Party.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Problem 4: She voted for Obama in 2008. Non-starter.

Right Mover on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

That could actually be a plus…she could say she, too, was even taken in by his false promises.

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I don’t think so..

And I am not sure it is about distracting the media from the Bain story either, that seems to have kinded of fizzled anyway…besides that won’t matter to most people.

I just think that maybe someone is messing with Drudge…

Terrye on July 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Umm, team Romney just tweeted that Condi is not the pick, and Crosspatch mentioned it in the other thread.

Via twitter:

@robertcostaNRO: Top Romney source tells me “no Condi.” More: Romney wants someone more comfortable in ‘attack dog’ mode”

crosspatch on July 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Did you not know, or did you just post because you had worked so hard on that thing?

Mr. Arkadin on July 12, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Um, Costa could be wrong, too, or the source is lying.

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

NO NO NO NO……..how plain can I make it?

MNDavenotPC on July 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Figures.

Hey, Romney: My eyes weren’t overly dry. You didn’t need to spit in them.

LegendHasIt on July 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Why would the Romney campaign deliberately leak this story if it is not true?

Now that the MSM is going to run with it, if the story is false and Romney picks a boring white male, the same MSM will call him a coward for playing it safe.

cat_owner on July 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

This would be a political earthquake. It could be the edge Romney needs to get him over the top. She’s smart. She got foreign policy experience. She deflects the endless blizzard of race cards from the Left.

Pro-abortion a problem for you, bunky? Really? We could end abortion within a year if all the people who say they’re pro-life would open their moth-eaten wallets and support pro-life, crisis pregnancy centers.

NickDeringer on July 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

it was a red herring deliberately leaked by Team Mitt to draw the media away from today’s Bain storyline.

Why does Team Romney need to do that? Barry and his Team looked bad with their over-reach and reckless rhetoric today.

bayview on July 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

A black woman? Republicans will never go for it, and Democrats will not allow it.

Karmi on July 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I got a fundraising email within minutes of Drudge updating it to Condi.

p0s3r on July 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I don’t think he’ll choose Condi because of her association with Pres. Bush and she’s pro-choice.

I like Jindal, but Mike Pence is a good surprise pick. Anyone’s guess.

Just don’t let your VP be mind-numbingly boring, Mitt.

Philly on July 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM

That could actually be a plus…she could say she, too, was even taken in by his false promises.

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Maybe it’d be an even bigger plus if she voted for him in 2012!

Honestly, sometimes the “reverse psychology win” logic just gets goofy. That’s what lets conservative columnists delude themselves into thinking that the SB1070 and Obamacare rulings were conservative victories. A couple more victories like that and we’ll all be dead.

Stoic Patriot on July 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Problem 4: She voted for Obama in 2008. Non-starter.

Right Mover on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I’ve read that countless times online and it may well be true, but I don’t think she ever announced who she was voting for. If memory serves, when Condi was asked about the election she refused to back a candidate and suggested it was inappropriate for the Sec. of State to get involved. I could be all wet on this, but that’s how I remember it.

flyfisher on July 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

If it’s Condi, cue the racist political cartoons. It’s gonna happen.

Philly on July 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

If Romney is the executive everyone is trying to say he is, then he made this decision anywhere from 3 months to a year ago.

Really, he needs someone he can have a working relationship with at the executive level and that is something you decide early on…

If he has done that, then this stuff we are getting is pure smoke.

If he hasn’t… *shakes head* then he isn’t much of an executive.

Competence has its consequences and one of them is NOT putting off critical decisions to the last moment but making them early and preparing for their roll out.

ajacksonian on July 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Condi has already stated – emphatically – that she’s not interested in being VP. Yeah, they all say it. But isn’t it possible that a few actually mean it?? She said she’s only interested in policy, not politics. But, a story is a story, so this is a nice distraction to have heading into the weekend. Next week, the ‘Christie for VP’ band will be playing loudly. Welcome to the next 6 weeks…

joejm65 on July 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Remember the fake bumper stickers Drudge was showing leading up to McCain’s VP pick in 08? Why does anyone trust Drudge?

bernverdnardo1 on July 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

That could actually be a plus…she could say she, too, was even taken in by his false promises.

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

An admission of gullibility a strength in a campaign? I think I’d rather have a nominee who could rightfully claim that he or she was not taken in by Obama’s snake oil–when all the signs of his Marxism and radical ties were there for all to see.

Right Mover on July 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

RICE has NO governing experience. RICE has NO LEGISLATIVE experience. She’s radioactive from BUSH. She’s pro-choice. She’s not going to be the VP.

Romney would be put in the position of dealing with the abortion issue being peppered with questions about the Iraq war until election day, and be saddled with all of the baggage from the BUSH era.

No matter WHO Romney chooses, the LEFT is going to turn themselves inside out smearing them and Romney for choosing them. EVEN IF THEY HAVE TO LIE… as they’ve demonstrated amply of late.

Romney is best served if he chooses an experienced and reliable person with ample experience at governing or at the very least legislative experience with a demonstrated expertise in economics.

thatsafactjack on July 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

@robertcostaNRO: Top Romney source tells me “no Condi.” More: Romney wants someone more comfortable in ‘attack dog’ mode”

crosspatch on July 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

That really makes sense. Romney needs an attack dog who hasn’t eaten in 3 or 4 days. Condi ain’t that kinda puppy.

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Oh, well. It was fun while it lasted.

davidk on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Problem 4: She voted for Obama in 2008. Non-starter.

Right Mover on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I think you have her mixed up with Colin Powell. I don’t think she voted for Obama.

I think Condi Rice is smart and very personable. I don’t think she is a liberal or anything like that…but I also don’t think she is even remotely interested in being the VP.

I just have a hard time believing this is for real. For a lot of reasons.

Terrye on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Why is she a republican…what issues does she agree on with them.

tomas on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Big government and promulgating the War Party.

Dante on July 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Who would your choice be?

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Not that it matters much, but I hope she’s not the choice.

rickv404 on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I don’t think so..

And I am not sure it is about distracting the media from the Bain story either, that seems to have kinded of fizzled anyway…besides that won’t matter to most people.

I just think that maybe someone is messing with Drudge…

Terrye on July 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I’m still going with my major surprise VP. I think this is a distraction. I hope so.

gophergirl on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

That would be way to much fun. Romney is not like that.

Bmore on July 12, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Yeah well he may yet surprise us. I know that I’ve been surprised at the aggressiveness of his campaign. Besides, it makes tactical sense. If Mittens is seen having meetings with Palin, Trump, Huck-a-smuck, etc the MSM will eat it up. With every ‘accidental’ sighting there will be more free airtime on TV as the talking heads try to smear everyone that he is seen shaking hands with. There might even be an opportunity to make a commercial later in the season by compiling all the negative MSM comments about every possible pick along the way to rally the Anti-MSM crowd.

Browncoatone on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

In the vice presidential debate she would rip bozo Biden a new one.

jake49 on July 12, 2012 at 8:59 PM

What world do you live in? Condi Rice has the demeanor of a secretary. She’s never “ripped” anyone a “new one” in her life. She would end up making the retard Biden look like her uncle.

Jaibones on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

VP doesn’t set policy, so abortion is off the table. She brings foreign policy bona fides. And one of her childhood friends was murdered in that Selma AL bombing.
And she’s pro gun rights.

rbj on July 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Would the Left shred Condi with the same viciousness as they did with Palin? I guess it’s an interesting question. Probably. Somehow, someway they would attempt to destroy her.

I’m not interested in that sort of experiment simply to once again demonstrate the insanity and hypocrisy of the Left. There is no lesson for Obots. They’re slugs who simply do what they do.

Romney has plenty of choices. Portman and Pawlenty are too dull and white bread? Well, there’s Jindal and Rubio.

Condi also carries the Bush name with her. She has said she doesn’t want the job. Frankly, I don’t want her for a variety of reasons although I admire her greatly – just not enough to have her as a reluctant participant. Jindal and Rubio are far better speakers articulating a more conservative point of view. They are dynamic, energetic and inspired.

Let’s not rehash the past with someone who doesn’t want the job.

Cody1991 on July 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

LOL! I hope Mr. Drudge had fun but
Not
Gonna
Happen

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

She is deep on foreign policy, which I have not heard boo about from Mitt. Hmmmm….

Philly on July 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

ATTACK DOG MODE!

You know who that means.

CHRIS CHRISTIE

gerrym51 on July 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

West or

Scott Walker

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Said this on the other thread, but I see it not coming from the Romney camp at all, either seriously or as a trial balloon, but from Team Obama.

They have yet to seriously go after Romney on the “Mormon’s didn’t allow black leaders until recently” meme, but it’s coming. How better to set the table than to float Rice out there and for Romney to pass her over in favor of some white guy who’s wealthy, powerful or both?

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

That makes a lot more sense than the possibility of the Romney campaign leaking it.

cat_owner on July 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Condi has already stated – emphatically – that she’s not interested in being VP. Yeah, they all say it. But isn’t it possible that a few actually mean it?? She said she’s only interested in policy, not politics. But, a story is a story, so this is a nice distraction to have heading into the weekend. Next week, the ‘Christie for VP’ band will be playing loudly. Welcome to the next 6 weeks…

joejm65 on July 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I think this might well be true.

Terrye on July 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

More Romney fail. It’s unbelievable.

Mr. Arrogant on July 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

John Sununu. I could only dream.

Philly on July 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Allah,

Getting Bain off the air seems the logical reason until you realize that nobody really cares outside political freaks like us about getting into the weeds on that. BTW, why aren’t you guy debunking these attacks, they’re easily debunked even the WaPo can do it???

Plus, the base will embrace Condi regardless and she isn’t seen as a “Bushie” to the average person, plus the women, plus the foreign policy bona fides, plus she’s black, plush she’s…….uh, uh.

AYNBLAND on July 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

A little chum in the water to set the lsm into a frenzy.

tim c on July 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Red herring

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Said this on the other thread, but I see it not coming from the Romney camp at all, either seriously or as a trial balloon, but from Team Obama.

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

TXUS, you are correct that this is not coming from the Romney camp. The Drudge “exclusive” merely states that a “source” says that Condi is “near” the top of this list.

The source for the denial who spoke to Costa is, however, coming from the Romney camp.

In other words, the story is b*llshit.

That denial came quickly, I might add, and surprisingly is critical of Rice (“we need someone more comfortable in attack mode”) Ouch. That’s almost as good as the Romney camp leaking that Rubio was not being vetted.

I don’t think the original story is coming from the Obama camp. If it were, it would be an exclusive on Rachel Maddow’s show, or at Huffpo, not on Drudge.

Follow the connections. Condi is a Bush critter. This is coming from the Bush camp, from the Republican establishment.

They started with Rubio, another Bushie. Now Condi.

The question is, why?

Mr. Arkadin on July 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

ATTACK DOG MODE!

You know who that means.

CHRIS CHRISTIE

gerrym51 on July 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

That dog has a thyroid problem.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on July 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Personally, I’d love to see it just for the video clip of Al Sharpton calling Condi Rice an “Aunt Tom.”

IndieDogg on July 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Cleary this is just another example of Romney being a dirty racist.

MikeknaJ on July 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Problem two: Last I checked, Condi’s pro-choice.

The pro-life movement is going to die this decade because of safe pre-natal testing… this is tragic, but we’re going to be entering the age of repro-eugenics and there’s nothing the pro-life movement can do to stop it.

ninjapirate on July 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

This is likely to be a trial balloon. I just came from my weight workout at the Y, and from what I saw of the news, it wasn’t wall-to-wall Condi

Sekhmet on July 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Terrye on July 12, 2012 at 9:11 PM

No, Terrye, I don’t have her mixed up with Colin Powell. Rice refused to endorse McCain in 2008. How else would you read that?

Right Mover on July 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Top Romney source tells me “no Condi.” More: Romney wants someone more comfortable in ‘attack dog’ mode

I hear a few UT retreat attendees (donors, etc.) are stirring Condi buzz. Per people I trust, it’s not Boston-driven

Interesting.

attack dog mode…Christie?

Terrye on July 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Condi Rice: Pro-Choice, Libertarian . . . and Evangelical

Rice told CT, “I’m evangelical and I’m proud of it.” But she made it clear that she thinks evangelical Christians like herself need to witness to their faith through their lives and actions rather than solely through their words — to be, in her phrase, a “contagious Christian.”

“You try to live a life that makes people say, ‘Oh, that’s a life I’d like to emulate.’ Then they realize your faith is somehow linked to it.”

If many evangelicals would endorse that sentiment, it’s unlikely that any evangelical leaders will be endorsing her public policy views.

Rice said she is “generally pretty libertarian” on moral issues, and said her views on government regulation of abortion are still evolving.

“I don’t like the government involved in these really hard moral decisions,” she said. “While I don’t think the country is ready for legislation to overturn Roe v. Wade, certainly I cannot imagine why one would be in favor of partial-birth abortion. I also can’t imagine why one would take these decisions out of the hands of the family. We all understand that this is not something to be taken lightly.”

On same-sex marriage she said that while she believes marriage is between a man and a woman, “I don’t ever want anybody to be denied rights within our country.” She suggested that civil unions could be a “way for people to express their desire to live together,” and said that “the country, if we can keep the volume down, will come to good answers.”

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

That dog has a thyroid problem.

He’s a big dog. no doubt about that

gerrym51 on July 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Umm, team Romney just tweeted that Condi is not the pick, and Crosspatch mentioned it in the other thread.

Via twitter:

@robertcostaNRO: Top Romney source tells me “no Condi.” More: Romney wants someone more comfortable in ‘attack dog’ mode”

crosspatch

That settles it then…..she’s getting the VP slot.

xblade on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I’ve read that countless times online and it may well be true, but I don’t think she ever announced who she was voting for. If memory serves, when Condi was asked about the election she refused to back a candidate and suggested it was inappropriate for the Sec. of State to get involved. I could be all wet on this, but that’s how I remember it.

flyfisher on July 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

No, I’ve looked everywhere and there’s nothing on record as to how, or whether, she voted. I can’t see her voting at all for Obama, given her real Selma background vs. Obama’s manufactured one and her loyalty to GWB, whom Obama trashed throughout the election.

At the same time, I can’t see her voting for McCain, for the loyalty reason and McCain’s constant attempts to upstage 43 while in the Senate and during the campaign.

My guess is she stayed home, like a lot of folks did.

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Drudge: Condi Rice near the top of Romney’s VP shortlist?

I certainly hope not. Condi Rice is AWFUL. SHe’s better suited to run with the dems. She’s an idiot and her foreign policy was a total disaster. She was also the main impetus behind Bush’s idiotic failure of a second term in that she got him to veer leftwards.

Condi would be the kiss of death to this ticket. Even considering her makes Mittens seem unserious. Condi is AWFUL and she’s no brain (no matter that she got a doctorate in a joke social “science”.

I can barely think of any worse pick than Rice. Her name should not even be mentioned with respect to this ticket. She is the worst.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

An admission of gullibility a strength in a campaign? I think I’d rather have a nominee who could rightfully claim that he or she was not taken in by Obama’s snake oil–when all the signs of his Marxism and radical ties were there for all to see.

Right Mover on July 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I don’t know. I found Zell Miller’s speech at the Republican convention powerful stuff…gullible for being a Dem, maybe, but the fact he saw the light is a pretty good narrative, no? The same could apply to Rice.

But it doesn’t matter…this was either a political trial balloon or someone is messing with Drudge. I doubt she’s even being vetted for veep.

changer1701 on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I love Condi and would love to see her on the ticket.

But I think it’s a red Herring for all the reasons you point out.

Republicans will never ever EVER win “diversity points.”

Don’t forget, when republicans embrace a black candidate, it only PROVES we are racists!

http://nation.foxnews.com/janeane-garofalo/2011/09/29/garofalo-racist-republicans-support-herman-cain

BRunner on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

John Sununu is ripping Barry on Hannity and called him “dumb” for calling Mitt a felon. He’s on fire.

Philly on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Interesting.

attack dog mode…Christie?

Terrye on July 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Or Gingrich?

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Browncoatone, we can only hope. Fun times would be assured.

Bmore on July 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Oh my. Sununu is an attack dog all right. Likey.

Philly on July 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

No, Terrye, I don’t have her mixed up with Colin Powell. Rice refused to endorse McCain in 2008. How else would you read that?

Right Mover on July 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Well…there were a lot of conservatives who refused to endorse or even vote for McCain…so that does not mean she voted for Obama.

I don’t know..I don’t think you do either.

Terrye on July 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Cain next?

Bmore on July 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Problem 4: She voted for Obama in 2008. Non-starter.

Right Mover on July 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

What do you mean she voted for Obama? You got any proof of that?

SoulGlo on July 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Problem three: If Mitt’s thinking that he’ll earn huge diversity points with women and minority voters by running with Condi, I’d like to know why. Obama won a bigger share of women’s votes four years ago than Kerry, Gore, or Clinton did despite McCain having Palin on the ticket.

Let me drop a truth bomb on you AllahPundit…

Women are jealous creatures.. do you want women voters to think of (blonde with big family) Ann Romney or Condi Rice when they enter the voting booth? Rice is not “threatening” nor would there be feeling of jealousy…

The appeal wouldn’t be towards blacks or minorities, it would be towards white women who read The Help because it was on Oprah’s book club.

ninjapirate on July 12, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Or Gingrich?

Flora Duh on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Really? I don’t know. He is an attack dog all right.I had not really thought about Gingrich. hmm

Terrye on July 12, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Another “politically correct” choice? Is that the only qualification for VP, frankly? Seemingly in the hotair survey, that’s true.

anotherJoe on July 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

John Sununu is ripping Barry on Hannity and called him “dumb” for calling Mitt a felon. He’s on fire.

Philly on July 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Him and Jindal are the best surrogates out there right now.

gophergirl on July 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

So the Romney camp isn’t going with cerebral.

I really don’t have any idea who fits the “Attack Dog” role?

Newt Gingrich?

Dr Evil on July 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Condi was the main idiot in the Bush admin who had to come out and say that Barky the Malevolent Retard would be a fine Precedent. She should have been tossed out on her azz (never to appear in public again) right after that. She had to go above and beyond the call of duty in harming America (aside from her normal job of screwing up foreign affairs as a pathetically stupid SecState).

And Condi is a dem, anyway. Just listen to her stupid drivel.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM

No way.
No Bush hack.
No Portman.
No Rice

Norwegian on July 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

feeble and desperate.

sesquipedalian on July 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

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