The PJ Tatler

Condi for Veep? How About 'No.'

Drudge reported, the whole world reacted, the Romney campaign has already shot it down.

Rice was mostly fine as secretary of state and has a compelling personal narrative, but there’s the problem of her being “mildly pro-choice” and the probability that she actually voted for Barack Obama four years ago. She refused to explain who she was voting for at that time, which would open her up to questions now if she winds up on the ticket. She also does not seem comfortable in the attack dog role that running mates typically assume.

There is, in addition to the above, an additional reason Rice should not be considered for the GOP ticket. Her understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is highly problematic:

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reportedly said in Annapolis this week that her childhood in the segregated South had helped her to understand the suffering on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “I know what its like to hear that you can’t use a certain road or pass through a checkpoint because you are a Palestinian. I know what it is like to feel discriminated against and powerless,” Rice told a closed meeting of Arab and Israeli representatives, according to the Dutch representative at the summit, Franz Timmermans. “Like Israelis, I understand what it’s like to go to sleep not knowing if you will be hurt in an explosion, the feeling of terror walking around your own neighborhood, or walking to your house of prayer,” Timmermans quoted Rice as saying, the Washington Post reported.

Moral equivalence, anyone? President Obama has done just about everything he can to offend the Jewish vote. Rice would help Romney offend them, too.

Throw in three more facts: Condoleezza Rice has absolutely no experience in a campaign setting, her presence on the ticket would make it too easy to paint Romney as a third Bush term (or fourth, whatever), and she brings no state and no vote constituency along with her. There are a whole lot of reasons not to hand her the vice presidential slot. “She gave a good speech” is not reason enough. The last four years should have taught us that.

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