Report: Romney vetted Rice for VP, rejected her because she wouldn’t budge on abortion

posted at 7:21 pm on August 31, 2012 by Allahpundit

This isn’t the Wall Street Journal reporting, it’s, er, Radar Online, but whatever. Good enough for a Friday night. I believe all of it, right up to the point where Condi refuses to renounce her pro-choice stance. Really? Mitt Romney was prepared to rescue her from the political wilderness with a spot on the Republican ticket, putting her in line to become America’s first woman president, and she passed on that because abortion is a line in the sand for her? Go watch her answer a question on the subject from CBS. It’s not like she’s some sort of pro-choice warrior; her support is heavy qualified, to the point where an opportunistic late-in-life conversion a la Mitt himself would scarcely be blinked at. Either she’s much more committed to her view on this than anyone guessed or something’s up here.

“Condi was fully vetted to become Mitt Romney’s running mate and turned over financial records, including tax returns,” a source close to Rice tells Radar.

“Mitt thought she would add much needed foreign policy experience to the ticket, thinks she is incredibly bright and he knew she would help with the all important female vote and African American support.

“However, Mitt’s advisers talked him out of it because Condi is pro-choice and she isn’t willing to change her position on the controversial issue. Condi also supports same sex civil unions which again, put her at odds with Romney. Mitt had a hard time getting the ultra conservative support of the GOP and was told if he picked Condi that would immediately be lost and so he ultimately picked Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate.”…

“Condoleezza is definitely leaning towards running for Governor of California. She wasn’t upset or surprised that she wasn’t picked to be Romney’s running mate,” the source says.

So she skipped her chance to make political history because she’s burning to take over the single most futile job in America, and facing an uphill battle in a deep blue state to do it. Top diplomat for Dubya and now, potentially, governor of the new Greece: Does Condi have some sort of strange affinity for totally thankless tasks? What’s next, running for president of the EU? Good lord. Even the liberals were praising her for her speech the other night. If people are already that willing to forgive her Bush pedigree, she should aim high, not content herself with presiding over the California death spiral.

Speaking of aiming high, I’m intrigued by the murmurs after her speech about her being a contender in 2016. Stipulate that she’ll reverse herself on abortion between now and then and that a few more years of gay-marriage normalization will make civil unions a not-terribly-contentious position even within the GOP. Would she stand a chance? Think about who’ll be running if Romney comes up short this time: Rubio, Ryan, and Rand Paul almost certainly, Christie quite possibly if he wins a second term as governor, Jindal and Jeb Bush quite possibly, and maybe Mike Huckabee. Don’t underestimate Huck, either. At first blush he seems like an also-ran in a field that strong, but one of the reasons he’s supporting Todd Akin is to position himself as the most high-profile social conservative leader in the GOP. Among the candidates I’ve described, Rand Paul will take the libertarians, Rubio et al. will duke it out over more mainstream fiscal conservatives, and Huck will be left to clean up with a huge swath of social conservatives. He won’t win them all, of course, but he’ll win enough, and they’re a big enough bloc that he’ll be a serious contender with the field otherwise divided. Amid all that, where’s the room for Condi? There’s an opening for her, I guess, if foreign policy comes roaring back as the country’s top priority over the next four years, plus some GOP undecideds will favor a woman candidate to counter Hillary if Clinton gets the nod on the Democratic side. But how does Rice build a base sufficient to top the sort of all-star team of potential candidates that I’ve just described? Her speech might have been presidential but realistically, in order to win the nomination, she’d need a 1968 situation where all the other potential nominees just aren’t suitable for whatever reason and so the party turns to her. Instead it’s the opposite — lots of them are suitable. No wonder she’s thinking of staying in California.


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Sadly, she’s not alone . . . . . .

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Good. I’m starting to like this Romney character.

cynccook on August 31, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Also, Friday nights aren’t that bad, are they? What’s next, sourcing tips from Perez Hilton?

cynccook on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Think about who’ll be running if Romney comes up short this time

You left out Santorum. You know the Republican ‘tradition.’

lexhamfox on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s tapped to be secretary of education if Romney wins.

mrscullen on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Think about who’ll be running if Romney comes up short this time: Rubio, Ryan, and Rand Paul almost certainly, Christie quite possibly if he wins a second term as governor, Jindal and Jeb Bush quite possibly, and maybe Mike Huckabee. Don’t underestimate Huck, either.

It’s cute how you omit one name, one name. Does it hurt you so much to write that name? Wow.

promachus on August 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

If it is being reported by the “media” then I don’t buy it…

Khun Joe on August 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Sure, Condi in 2016 with General Petraeus as her running mate.

Not really. Like the General I don’t believe Condi Rice has any interest in running for President. For one thing, she might have to give up that Augusta membership.

Bennett on August 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Since Ryan = Rice*10, it worked out.

EddieC on August 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Too weak on everything else, so no loss.

profitsbeard on August 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

It’s cute how you omit one name, one name. Does it hurt you so much to write that name? Wow.

promachus on August 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I love SP, but it seems extremely unlikely that she’d be throwing herself into the volcano again.

cynccook on August 31, 2012 at 7:29 PM

A cock and bull story if there is one. Condi had repeatedly said she is not a candidate. Doubt if she would even consent to the vetting.

bayview on August 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

“Think about who’ll be running if Romney comes up short this time…”

Who could possibly ask this question and not posit Palin?

rrpjr on August 31, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Imo not a credible assertion/claim by un-named source.

Gov Romney had half a dozen far more salient reason why not to select Dr. Rice as VeepNom, and her stand on abortion and/or unwillingness to change it was likely far far down the list.

“Condi I’d like you to be my VPNom but you have to suddenly change a lifelong position on abortion and as a result thats pretty much what the campaign will be about instead of the failed Obama administration, so think carefully.”

Yeah, no.

Sacramento on August 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

If Romney doesn’t win this there won’t be an election in 2016

halfbaked on August 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

This is really kind of crazy from the git-go.

VPs don’t do anything. The only thing she could do would be a tie breaker in the Senate, so she could kill a bill that restricts abortion, but no there’s no guarantee Romney would sign it anyway.

She could vote in favor of a bill that expanded abortion, with Romney again left to either sign it or veto it.

And Oh By The Way, thats the case for any bill that moves through Congress.

So if abortion was the single issue, we truly do live in terrible times.

BobMbx on August 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign, wanted her to run with him in 2016.

White/ Rice 2016

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

“However, Mitt’s advisers talked him out of it because Condi is pro-choice and she isn’t willing to change her position on the controversial issue. Condi also supports same sex civil unions which again, put her at odds with Romney.

I think it far more likely she wasn’t chosen was because she was so inextricably entwined in Bush’s administration and decisions that were made post-9/11, which since have become controversial, even among the base.

TXUS on August 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

It’s cute how you omit one name, one name. Does it hurt you so much to write that name? Wow.

promachus on August 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I was wondering why he didn’t say anything about Susanna Martinez, too.

changer1701 on August 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I have to say I soured on Condi Rice when her aloofness (at best) towards Israel became apparent while Secretary of State. Romney did very well to pass her up in favor of Paul Ryan.

As for becoming California governor? I live in California (pray for me and Madam Rants-A-Lot, please!). There is no way Rice would win in the screwball whack-job lunatic asylum that is California. Either Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom or Attorney General Kamala Harris will succeed Jerry Brown. It will not be a pretty sight, to say the least.

Sir Rants-A-Lot on August 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Governor of California… humm

Well I will say this , that is a pretty daunting challenge imo…

If that is true..

RockyJ. on August 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Condi as governor of California? That could be a stepping stone to the Presidency in and of itself. Not a bad plan.

Putting a bit of space between she and Bush can’t hurt her. But failure as a governor… that won’t help. And how would anyone measure success as governor of California? Selling it to China outright?

petunia on August 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

changer1701 on August 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Damn!!..We are Republicans!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Very wise choice by Mitt!

Sasha List on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I hate Romney and the GOP.

This is precisely why.

They obsess over generating manufactured unity.

Both the Democrats and Republicans do this – fake unity.

I’m not entirely sure why.

I think it’s finally not working.

This is why the convention will create such a small bounce.

Just a bunch of fake speeches glossing over differences.

Vague, useless hot air the likes of Obama 2008.

Now watch Obama get specific this time around.

The GOP’s choice of Romney is what’s going to get Obama reelected.

fatlibertarianinokc on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

It’s cute how you omit one name, one name. Does it hurt you so much to write that name? Wow.

promachus on August 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Ah, promachus, ever vigilant.

She’s not going to run next time unless she runs for and wins some new office first. Everyone else in the field will have more experience than her by 2016 unless she beats Begich or runs for something in another state. Two years as governor is not going to trump six years as senator for Rubio/Paul and more than a decade in the House for Ryan. But I know I’m wasting my time trying to explain that, so oh well.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Condi probably had a problem with Mitt drinking out of the same fountain she uses. She’d much rather he use that one out back, ‘over there’, under the sign that reads “heterosexual non baby klillers only”.

Wolfmoon on August 31, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I was wondering why he didn’t say anything about Susanna Martinez, too.

changer1701 on August 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Heheh.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:37 PM

If Romney doesn’t win this there won’t be an election in 2016

halfbaked on August 31, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Duuuuuuuuuude huh huh huh.
Not.

Sacramento on August 31, 2012 at 7:38 PM

fatlibertarianinokc on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

It’s endearing folks like you, bless your heart, that keep most of us from ever getting even close to supporting a libertarian ticket. Talk about hate. Jeez.

Wolfmoon on August 31, 2012 at 7:40 PM

One does not serve as National security advisor and then US Secretary of State to then take a lesser cabinet position (Education) in a subsequent administration. Condi will be available to Mitt for foreign policy advice andd perhaps even an occasional special envoy assignment.

As to vp, I have no doubt that Romney looked at Condi, but her unique association w the Bush administration itself was a loser – way beyond abortion.

matthew8787 on August 31, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Beautiful Allah!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 7:42 PM

She’s not going to run next time unless she runs for and wins some new office first. Everyone else in the field will have more experience than her by 2016…

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

She’s like a Master Ninja, and the young Ninjas overtake her in her own dojo. I see, Sensei.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Given that Mitt’s sister was just saying he won’t do anything about abortion (plus let’s not forget his past donation to and enabling of Planned Parenthood), let’s just say that I doubt this report.

I might believe he didn’t pick her, not because she was pro-choice, but because he believed that someone openly so would cause him problems with the base.

Stoic Patriot on August 31, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Condi canNOT lead.
She just doesn’t have that temperament.
She can never have any chemistry with someone like Romney, who probably can’t stand mediocrity in people around him and likes to work with leaders and not followers .
She is good for a non-leadership bureaucratic stint , pushing files, following orders, that kind of stuff .

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Good. She’ll be a Democrat by January, anyway. Why does everyone care about Rice? She’s like the worst part of the GOP … fiscal liberal, social liberal, adventurous on foreign policy.

Jaibones on August 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM

It’s cute how you omit one name, one name. Does it hurt you so much to write that name? Wow.
promachus on August 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Gary Johnson most likely won’t come back to the GOP.

MeatHeadinCA on August 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM

It’s not like she’s some sort of pro-choice warrior; her support is heavy qualified

Much like Mitt’s sister: sure life is sacred, just don’t do anything to protect it.

That’s not much of a qualification. That’s a cheap attempt to say “I want abortion legal. Now let me give you some cheap empathy that won’t make a dime’s worth of difference when it comes to actual policy.”

Stoic Patriot on August 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM

MeatHeadinCA on August 31, 2012 at 7:46 PM

rofl..:)

PS..Good to see you!..I hope all is going well for your family!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Ah, promachus, ever vigilant.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Awwww…credit where credit is due.

cynccook on August 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I think Romney made a good decision regardless of what the criteria was. Condi is not a good match for Romney. Not required and would serve little use in procuring the Presidency. Toxic similar to Palin, but for different reasons. Condi is establishment. Palin not.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Stipulate that she’ll reverse herself on abortion between now and then and that a few more years of gay-marriage normalization will make civil unions a not-terribly-contentious position even within the GOP.

Last I checked, a marriage amendment banned not only gay marriages, but civil unions also in North Carolina, and won by 22 points. That’s swing state territory for you, not swinger and homosexual state territory.

As for a reversal on abortion when it comes to Condi, it’s made Mitt perpetually suspect. It won’t do any wonders for Rice.

But how does Rice build a base sufficient to top the sort of all-star team of potential candidates that I’ve just described?

It would take endless establishment backing — the kind that was just provided for Romney. It would also require that the establishment abandon Christie, Rubio, Ryan, and Jeb Bush.

Stoic Patriot on August 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Rubio? Ryan? Rand Paul? Jindal? That is a long list of choices that I could be very happy with. Bush? Christie? Huckabee? No thanks.

besser tot als rot on August 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Two years as governor is not going to trump six years as senator for Rubio/Paul and more than a decade in the House for Ryan. But I know I’m wasting my time trying to explain that, so oh well.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

c’mon AP. you know the drill. Sarah actually made executive decisions, went against her party, 30k emails, force behind 2010 victories, recent senate and congressional hearings.

its a new day a new time. Sarah will be back. it may not be in the way you or i expect, but she will come back.

renalin on August 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s tapped to be secretary of education if Romney wins.

mrscullen on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

The Department of Education needs to be dismantled and gotten rid of.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I was wondering why he didn’t say anything about Susanna Martinez, too.

changer1701 on August 31, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I pick Martinez as the VP for Rubio, Ryan, Paul, or Jindal.

besser tot als rot on August 31, 2012 at 7:53 PM

This blog is raysiss.

swamp_yankee on August 31, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Speaking of aiming high, I’m intrigued by the murmurs after her speech about her being a contender in 2016.

Sometimes you left-edge-GOPers forget that there is a primary process, and it isn’t all that smooth for pro-abortion Republicans.

Jaibones on August 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

its a new day a new time. Sarah will be back. it may not be in the way you or i expect, but she will come back.

renalin on August 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Totally possible. She’s very young; there’s no reason she can’t. But as I say, to run for president, she’ll need to hold another office first. The next field is going to packed with experienced candidates.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

As for becoming California governor? I live in California (pray for me and Madam Rants-A-Lot, please!). There is no way Rice would win in the screwball whack-job lunatic asylum that is California. Either Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom or Attorney General Kamala Harris will succeed Jerry Brown. It will not be a pretty sight, to say the least.

Sir Rants-A-Lot on August 31, 2012 at 7:34 PM

100% agree, Moonbeam will raise taxes, repeal Prop 13, and walk into the sunset , kicking Nuisance + Harris one notch up.

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s tapped to be secretary of education if Romney wins.

mrscullen on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

The Department of Education needs to be dismantled and gotten rid of.

JPeterman on August 31, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Just need someone to send out the block grant checks. At least until that can be cut out too.

besser tot als rot on August 31, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I think Romney made a good decision regardless of what the criteria was. Condi is not a good match for Romney. Not required and would serve little use in procuring the Presidency. Toxic similar to Palin, but for different reasons. Condi is establishment. Palin not.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 7:49 PM

I think Romney and Condi would’ve matched up well, actually. And I don’t think she’s toxic…her approval ratings have remained high, probably because she’s not associated with Bush’s domestic policies.

changer1701 on August 31, 2012 at 7:55 PM

I think this is a fake story, designed to bolster the “war on women” meme by portraying Mitt as some sort of hardliner who Condi “had” to stand up to…or something. I think Allah is right. It just doesn’t add up. Condi is hardly a radical pro-choicer.

cicerone on August 31, 2012 at 7:55 PM

she will come back.

renalin on August 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Just like Johnny Goodboy Tyler. He is just over that yonder hill.

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 7:56 PM

…Huck will be left to clean up with a huge swath of social conservatives.

Which gives me all the impetus I need to work hard and donate to Mitt. The idea that Huey P. Huckabee could emerge as a nominee for anything, anywhere at any time is frightening.

The guy is a proven liar, would be thief and has no center core at all. He’s never met a problem government couldn’t solve. He used the FairTax people because they had an organization he could use. And on and on.

Do “social conservatives” have a brain?

mbecker908 on August 31, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Condi as California governor? I think not. With no prior executive experience, how can she run a state not only billions in debt but guided by a stark, raving mad legislature and by billionaire socialistic Hollywood moguls who look at the world through Marxist cataracts?

In fact California is such a hopeless mess that it’s best if Democrats continue to govern and accrue the blame. Republicans just have to see to it the rest of the country is not forced to bail out these creeps.

MaiDee on August 31, 2012 at 7:57 PM

If Condoleeza Rice is leaning toward running for Governor of California, I don’t think that’s a futile choice at all. I applaud her courage. For one thing, being black will help her in a state that has a huge proportion of minorities, and it’s not racist to say that. For another, if she’s softer on abortion and same-sex unions, that won’t hurt either. She is, at her core, a Constitutionalist, and a pragmatic conservative in fiscal policy, and those stances will let her nudge that peculiar Californian utopianism back toward reality. I think she’d make a better governor than a president, and I hope she’s serious about rescuing that collapsing state, for the good of us all.

RebeccaH on August 31, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Mitt had a hard time getting the ultra conservative support of the GOP and was told if he picked Condi that would immediately be lost and so he ultimately picked Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate.

That, my friends, is what’s known as a “tell” ….

NO ONE who actually knows what’s going on in the Romney campaign would use this language.

BD57 on August 31, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Condi v. Clinton 2016? Dick Morris will never stop with the “I told you sos”!

50sGuy on August 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Just like Johnny Goodboy Tyler. He is just over that yonder hill.

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Hmmmm. I don’t know what this means?

cynccook on August 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Smart move – hopefully, Romney will not choose any abortionists for his administration. Rice would have been an anchor around Romney’s neck for more reasons than just being a baby killer.

Pork-Chop on August 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Do “social conservatives” have a brain?

mbecker908 on August 31, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I think they are more concerned about the condition of their souls than pleasing money-centered folks, and if the anti-God conservatives “had a brain” they would give consideration to doing that before Judgement Day..

Don L on August 31, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Mitt is angling for the Catholic vote – after all the Obamacare mandate is alienating a lot of Catholics from the Democratic Party.

Anyone who thinks it’s wrong for him (or any candidate) to be so calculating in his decision-making is naive. Choosing Ryan was a brilliant move: it galvanized the base (he’s young; he’s a Tea Party favorite; and he’s a Catholic good boy).

dukecitygirl on August 31, 2012 at 8:04 PM

I think she’d make a better governor than a president, and I hope she’s serious about rescuing that collapsing state, for the good of us all.

RebeccaH on August 31, 2012 at 7:58 PM

In CA, she will always be associated with BUSH .
One can’t even begin to imagine the amount of pent up rage and hostility that will be unleashed against her by the army of angry pink vayjayjays

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Hmmmm. I don’t know what this means?

cynccook on August 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM

That’s probably a good thing.

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM

In CA, she will always be associated with BUSH .
One can’t even begin to imagine the amount of pent up rage and hostility that will be unleashed against her by the army of angry pink vayjayjays

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Sigh. If only we could paste images into the comments here….

cynccook on August 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM

That’s probably a good thing.

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 8:06 PM

No fair. Tell me or I’ll get ALT to bite you.

cynccook on August 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Just as well as she sees Palestinians in particular and Muslims in general as today’s version of oppressed blacks in the Birmingham of her childhood and adolescence. She is a case of arrested development.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Sure, Condi in 2016 with General Petraeus as her running mate.

Bennett on August 31, 2012 at 7:28 PM

They would probably declare was on Israel.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 8:10 PM

You left out Santorum. You know the Republican ‘tradition.’

lexhamfox on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

If Phuckabee really gets into the 2016 race, Saintorums base will probably split and quite frankly, I dont see him getting the bigger share of the pie.

Valkyriepundit on August 31, 2012 at 8:10 PM

White/ Rice 2016

faraway

Cute!

Typicalwhitewoman on August 31, 2012 at 8:10 PM

rofl..:)
PS..Good to see you!..I hope all is going well for your family!..:)
Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Hey

Things are going great (if you just ignore politics and the debt)

MeatHeadinCA on August 31, 2012 at 8:11 PM

No fair. Tell me or I’ll get ALT to bite you.

cynccook on August 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Dang, you don’t have to go nuclear, okay.

Main character in epic pulp science fiction novel by cult master L. Ron Hubbard. His cult bought thousands of the books to inflate its numbers.

One of the final lines in the book was about the hero being just over that hill ready to take on evil whenever it returned. Cultists believed it.

Anything more than that and you will have to read it yourself.

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Yeah, I can just see Mitt picking a pro-choice, African-American lesbian for his ticket. You’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel for content, Allah. I heard Media Takeout is hiring.

SnarkVader on August 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Condi Rice: “I believe that there could be no greater legacy for America than to help to bring into being a Palestinian (terror) state for a people who have suffered too long, who have been humiliated (by the nasty Jews and for no reason at all) too long, who have not reached their potential for too long, and who have so much to give to the international community and to all of us (Give what? More suicide bomber kids? The extermination of Israel?).”

And no greater legacy for America? This woman, as Secretary of State, pressured Israel into holding the elections in Gaza that gave he terrorist organization Hamas power.

Condi Rice”: “I know what it is like to hear to that you cannot go on a road or through a checkpoint because you are Palestinian. I understand the feeling of humiliation and powerlessness.”

She acts like she doesn’t even know why the checkpoints are there … … or doesn’t care. This woman is either malevolent or a loon.

VorDaj on August 31, 2012 at 8:16 PM

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 8:12 PM

LOL Thanks, cozmo! :)

cynccook on August 31, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Huckabee wants Rice to run with him in 2016.

Puffed/Rice 2016!!

AubieJon on August 31, 2012 at 8:19 PM

…I love that woman! Wish her the best in anything she does! So smart…and nothing but class!

KOOLAID2 on August 31, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Rice for Pres, Charlie Crist for VP….

Rice Crispies 2016!!

AubieJon on August 31, 2012 at 8:25 PM

“What’s next, running for president of the EU?”

No, that’s what the One will be doing after January.

NCC on August 31, 2012 at 8:27 PM

But as I say, to run for president, she’ll need to hold another office first. The next field is going to packed with experienced candidates.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

That may be a dated paradigm. Now more than ever, beyond a certain threshold (which Palin meets and surpasses easily, i.e., as an executive at several levels) character and message trump experience. Also, Rubio, Christie and others are tied to Romney in a way Sarah decidedly is not. From the start, she would have the “outsider” cachet and advantage. If Romney, the quintessence of establishment, fails, people won’t be looking to the next experience-studded politico. Anyway, as we all know these processes have a life of their own and one never knows until it begins who will thrive in it and who won’t (just look at the spectacular fall of Rick Perry).

rrpjr on August 31, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Puffed/Rice 2016!!

AubieJon on August 31, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Brown/Rice 2016. It’s healthier :)

(I like Scott Brown )

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 8:28 PM

hmmm..

Rice/Christie 2016: Good and Plenty

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Frankly Dr Rice utterly failed to unscrew the State Dept while it was within her grasp. For that failing she shouldn’t attain higher office. Rehardless of her stance on abortion, or the kneejerk reactions of liberals / RINOs about it.

rayra on August 31, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Romney did the right thing. Pro-life is a core value of the GOP, it’s one of the party planks and on that we should never budge. Ryan is a better candidate anyway.

Axion on August 31, 2012 at 8:49 PM

THIS post by AP is yet another prime example of why I read HotGas.

Great analysis that makes a lot of sense.

Kudos to the HA team.

notta_dhimmi on August 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

This story was put out there either to destroy Rice’s chances for the Presidency should she choose to run as a Republican, or to help Romney with the base. Either way, it’s half horsesh*t.

Mr. Arkadin on August 31, 2012 at 8:54 PM

it’s, er, Radar Online

Radar O’Reilly? Great.

Some bum told me it’s because she has never run for office, has no demonstrated competency in the field of economics, screwed the pooch at Sec Def and has the stench of neocon Iraqi adventurism about her. I’m going with the bum.

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 8:55 PM

it’s ok…ryan is the perfect fit this time around…ryan wasn’t my first choice but this is fine

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 9:01 PM

fatlibertarianinokc on August 31, 2012 at 7:35 PM

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You’re close to right, except on Obama divulging “specifics”.
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Liberals can never be specific about their plans and goals.

They would never get elected if they were.

If the Dems get real specific on their pro-choice stand for abortion, they’re toast.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Condi has always said she likes where she is now. She seemed sincere.

And, why should she change her principles – become the sellout most politicians are? And, number 2, she’s a woman. For some to not understand a woman’s deep and personal decision to be either pro-life or pro-choice is stunning to behold.

Many women believe in pro-choice, even though they don’t agree with abortions, but want that decision to be theirs, not someone else’s.

so-notbuyingit on August 31, 2012 at 9:21 PM

You left out Santorum. You know the Republican ‘tradition.’

lexhamfox on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Next In Line™ will live forever. If McCain couldn’t cause it to break in 2008 and Romney in 2012, there is no indication, should Romney not become President, it will break in 2016.

Steve Eggleston on August 31, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Steve Eggleston on August 31, 2012 at 9:28 PM

All the more reason to ensure a Romney victory :-)

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 9:34 PM

its a new day a new time. Sarah will be back. it may not be in the way you or i expect, but she will come back.

renalin on August 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Heh. This didn’t work out quite the way you had it set up, did it?

Totally possible. She’s very young; there’s no reason she can’t. But as I say, to run for president, she’ll need to hold another office first. The next field is going to packed with experienced candidates.

Allahpundit on August 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM

a capella on August 31, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Even the liberals were praising her for her speech the other night.

Which wouldn’t have been the case had she been in Paul Ryan’s spot. She’s an easy “like” for the liberal media – she’s a twofer – black and female.

“See, we can like Republicans!”. Yeah, until she runs for something.

kim roy on August 31, 2012 at 9:53 PM

BS!

If Romney loses in 2016, we all know who is …..The MAN.

Gov. Scott Walker would be the choice in 2016, and after a spirited primary, will put Rand Paul on the ticket to unite.

A truly powerful team.

These are the two to watch.

Walker/Paul(Rand) 2016

KirknBurker on August 31, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Nothing like a bunch of rumors strung together by innuendo, unnamed sources and people with no first hand knowledge of the issues.

I know second graders who construct better book reports than this article.

Honestly, this makes HA look like the National Enquirer. Anybody in this string of “reporting” deserves a good head slap. The story is so ripe with BS, I can smell it through my computer screen.

Marcus Traianus on August 31, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Huckabee wants Rice to run with him in 2016.

Puffed/Rice 2016!!

AubieJon on August 31, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Brown/Rice 2016. It’s healthier :)

(I like Scott Brown )

burrata on August 31, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Get back to your rooms! Right now, this instant!!

wipes big mess from computer keyboard…

Sir Rants-A-Lot on August 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Oh please, please, PLease run for governor in California. I wanna watch some of the SanFran libs head just asplode!

MunDane68 on August 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM

He’s the same as she is. She probably just won’t lie about it like he will. Both Rice and Romney are libs. You guys on here that support Romney are delusional. He is a lib and exactly the same as Obama.

air_up_there on August 31, 2012 at 11:53 PM

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