PRO and CON
I really like and admire Condi Rice. Always have. I liked her better when she was National Security Advisor, however. Since becoming Secretary of State the "diplomatic" aspects of her job (i.e., having to suck up to thugs both nationally and internationally) have dulled some of the appreciation I once had for her intellect and capabilities. This is probably not her fault as much as it is the necessity of the job itself; and the godawful ideological mess the entire State Department has evolved into over the years.
She says she wants to go back to Stanford and maybe someday be the NFL Commissioner....but in that cagey way politicians seem to always develop, she managed to leave an opening for an end run at the VP slot.
One thing is for sure, McCain will have to come up with a star and "make a splash" (as Lowry says), and Condi fits the bill. She has light years more experience than the holy oracle of hope and change (and she didn't have to stay at a Holiday Inn Express, either); and she didn't get to where she is today by hitching herself to the coattails of a husband.
Yep. You gotta admire the woman.
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