I find this hard to believe for the simple reason that she inspires more negative feelings on the right than she does positive feelings on the left. The cliche is true, especially this year, that the first job of the VP nominee is to do no harm. Rice would do harm by providing Trump with something he desperately needs and has lacked for months: A target to aim at. Biden would be better off with the blandest candidate he could choose within the parameters he’s set for himself in order to further advance his strategy of making the election a referendum on Trump. Injecting Rice into the mix would invite the president to revisit all manner of righty grievances against the Obama administration, from Benghazi to the Russiagate unmasking uproar to various boneheaded Obama administration foreign-policy choices, like the Iran deal.
You would think it’d be easy enough to revisit those grievances no matter who the VP nominee is since, er, Biden was Obama’s number two. He’s on the hook for everything that happened between 2008 and 2016. But Trump and his campaign have been unfocused about that, preferring to stupidly rage about Hunter Biden and Ukraine instead. Sleepy Joe has a 35-year record in the Senate and eight years as vice president and you hardly hear anything from POTUS about his worst policy blunders.
Throw Rice in front of him and his team, though, and you’ll hear about them all day long. She was the face of the Benghazi messaging effort, after all. And unlike Joe, she seems to know what she’s talking about, which makes it easier to hold her culpable for Team Obama’s errors.