Four years ago? Sure. Today? No. Like the man says, what does she do for the ticket except drop another thousand pounds of Bush’s baggage on McCain’s back? Who’s out there at this point clamoring for Condi?
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is speaking this morning to Grover Norquist’s weekly powerhouse gathering at Americans for Tax Reform of conservative associations, think tanks, and political operations…
As one major Republican operative told me yesterday:
Someone like Condi Rice doesn’t go to Grover Norquist’s den to talk about the Annapolis Middle East peace process. She’s going to secure her future in Republican politics and to position herself as a ‘potential’ VP candidate on the McCain ticket.
I won’t go into more of what she said in the meeting — but can say that she gave a tour de force discussion of America’s global foreign policy and national security positions. She talked about everything from North Korea to China to Iran to Iraq to Israel/Palestine. She talked about military-sculpted policies and diplomatic-sculpted policies.
And by all accounts I have heard, her performance was stunningly good, very well received by one of the major bastions of American conservative power players, and that she “won them over,” according to one source.
I say again, aside from a shot of diversity — which, per our moral superiors on the left, doesn’t really “count” in her case because she is, after all, a conservative — what does Condi bring to the table aside from giving Obama an easy answer when pressed on his inexperience about how she wasn’t too inexperienced to be NSA and then Secretary of State when her only training was as provost of Stanford and two years on the NSC?
Update: A guy who already has credibility issues with his base isn’t going to put a Democrat on the ticket but it’s fun to pretend.