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Friday, March 24, 2006

Bad News On The Condi '08 Front

Although this is my second post on Condoleeza Rice in as many days, I promise this one will be more informative.

If you were watching Larry King Live on CNN on Friday, you can't have failed to have noticed that Mrs. Laura Bush was the Brooklyn-voiced one's guest tonight.

Mrs. Bush, who I don't need to tell you, was sporting her now trademarked pantsuit (in Spring '06 hot colour, egg-shell white -- she reads her Vogue), replied to Larry's question about who she thought might make a good candidate in '08:

(Although he phrased it awkwardly, coming out as "president -- who is your favourite?", which seemed to amuse Mrs. Bush since it was a non-sequiter to the conversation they were having 'til then. I was a bit peeved to find out he meant, your favourite candidate for president in 2008, since I actually felt like hearing who her favourite US president is! ...you'll never ever ever guess mine, although Teddy Roosevelt is a close second)

"Condi Rice would make an excellent President, but I don't think we can convince her to run."

"Really?"

"Yes. She really means it about not wanting to run. I think she will just go to California, and lead the life she wants there after her job as Secretary of State is over."

You know, Laura Bush has such a genuineness about her, that her remarkably candid statements fly under the radar, because she is so understated.

The American public can take from her, what they never could from Mrs. Clinton, simply because of her unbossy, low-key ways.

But I for one am now convinced, after hearing this.

Take out Condoleeza Rice for any type of, at least, Vice-Presidential considerations come 2008.

It just won't happen.

Such a shame, since a Rudi/Condi ticket is as close to a slam dunk as our more fractiously contentious political era will ever allow.

7 Comments:

  • I'll bring up something I did on Althouse a long bit ago: I don't think Condi is electable for three reasons.

    1.) I don't her performance as Secretary of State has been all that stellar.

    2.) Except for generals, we don't elect anyone who has not held a previous elected office, which she hasn't.

    3.) Maybe I'm wrong here, but I doubt that a single person of either gender could get elected. James Buchanan is the exception that proved the rule! We place greater trust in someone who has the experience of raising a family.

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat Mar 25, 09:06:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'll bring up something I did on Althouse a long bit ago: I don't think Condi is electable for three reasons.

    Thanks for reposting your points here. :)

    I often double-post on my blog from Althouse too, since of course, I can be more prolific in commentaries, than I can here on my own blogposts.

    And sillier, which is a blessing.

    1.) I don't her performance as Secretary of State has been all that stellar.

    Agreed.

    Mr. Bush and she have an annoying, even distressing habit of treating Mr. Putin like he was a legitimate member of the democratic community, which he's not.

    I know people will riposte that (a) she's a Russian specialist, and maybe it comes naturally to her, (b) it's better to have the Russians at least nominally on our side, with our influence over them, than the way it used to be, or could become...

    But, as recent revelations about the Russians and Saddam revealed YET AGAIN, that is a diplomatic mistake.

    And obviously, there is the Iran/North Korea situation, the former of which, although to be sure has been in the news because of Ahmennajad's big mouth, is about a year away from hitting critical mass.

    A very very bad situation for the incumbent party in '08, which would tarnish her should she run.

    2.) Except for generals, we don't elect anyone who has not held a previous elected office, which she hasn't.

    Correct.

    Now, if she runs for Governor for California (which I rather think she will, one day), then we can talk.

    3.) Maybe I'm wrong here, but I doubt that a single person of either gender could get elected.

    I disagree, although I do not have a wealth of examples on my side.

    I think with Condi, the US public would make an exception, because she is frankly very...virginal.

    And it might even create a "Wedding of the Century" type situation, since a President hasn't been married whilst in office, since Woodrow and Edith got hitched.

    James Buchanan is the exception that proved the rule! We place greater trust in someone who has the experience of raising a family.

    That is absolutely true.

    Which is why I need to get married. :)

    Anyway, I didn't have her down for president, but I think she'd fulfill the largely ceremonial roles of VP, just excellently.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Mar 25, 12:40:00 pm GMT-5  

  • And it might even create a "Wedding of the Century" type situation, since a President hasn't been married whilst in office, since Woodrow and Edith got hitched.

    Aha! Someone Pitt would leave Jolie for! Tyler Durden -- with his finger on the button!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat Mar 25, 02:02:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Which is why I need to get married. :)

    I'm blushin' Victoria...it's all so sudden...Ah, what the hell, good enough for Brittany, right?

    ;-0

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat Mar 25, 02:07:00 pm GMT-5  

  • You'll need to work on getting the Constitution amended as well, before we get the opportunity to be Commanded and Chiefed by your good graces.

    I'm not sure which will be more difficult, getting the amendment through, or finding a worthy man?

    By Blogger XWL, at Sat Mar 25, 09:16:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Is your favorite President William McKinley?

    I'm also thinking Franklin Pierce, James K. Polk, or Grover Cleveland.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Mar 29, 11:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • By Blogger Paramendra Bhagat, at Fri Mar 31, 07:03:00 pm GMT-5  

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