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Looks like the Drudge Report is saying former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is now the number one choice for Vice President!

Here’s a MSM report on the Drudge report – a few highlights:

The Drudge Report, the conservative website, reports Thursday night that there is a new frontrunner to be Mitt Romney’s running mate: Condoleezza Rice.

The Romney campaign has not commented on the report. Drudge has long appeared supportive of the Romney campaign and there are ties between the site’s founder, Matt Drudge, and Romney staffers.

Rice, who was Secretary of State under President George W. Bush and is now a professor at Stanford University,  is on vacation this weekend, according to her spokesperson. But there has been more and more buzz about this on the blogosphere and at some news outlets.  The Washington Post published an op-ed this weekend about how some conservatives view Rice favorably because she’s the “anti-Palin” and then Bill Kristol predicted that she is a front-runner, because Ann Romney told CBS that they are considering a woman vice presidential candidate.

It could be significant that the campaign has said nothing.  I think either this is a legitimate story OR it is a cover for a pick that Romney does not want attention given to:  Which means a surprise pick.

Mark Levin strongly disagrees:  Rice is a bad political pick because Romney would have to defend Bush as well as Bain Capital.  Here is the video.  I am not a fan of Levin because he dislikes Ron Paul.

Here’s from a letter from a battleground state (Port St. Lucie Florida) supporting Rice:

What is Mitt Romney waiting for? It is about time in his campaigning for him to do something bold and put Condoleezza Rice on the ticket. Then watch the Obama campaign go crazy. She would be a political game changer.

She is absolutely the most qualified candidate for VP. Her foreign policy, intelligence and experience in the private sector qualify her more for the presidency than for Romney’s running mate. Imagine her as VP and then becoming the first woman president.

Peggy Noonan reported her unscientific poll in re Rice:

About which a note. Speaking the other day to a gathering of businesspeople from across the country, I mentioned the subdued nature of the election and my thoughts as to its reasons. I was surprised to get no push-back afterward, even from political enthusiasts, only agreement.

But the news: When conversation turned to the vice presidential nominee, I said we all know the names of those being considered, spoke of a few, and then said Condoleezza Rice might be a brilliant choice.

Here spontaneous applause burst forth.

Consider: A public figure of obvious and nameable accomplishment whose attainments can’t be taken away from her. Washington experience—she wouldn’t be learning on the job. Never run for office but no political novice. An academic, but not ethereal or abstract. A woman in a year when Republicans aren’t supposed to choose a woman because of what is now called the 2008 experience—so the choice would have a certain boldness. A black woman in a campaign that always threatens to take on a painful racial overlay. A foreign-policy professional acquainted with everyone who’s reigned or been rising the past 20 years.

I should add here the look on the faces of the people who were applauding. They looked surprised by their own passion. Actually they looked relieved, like a campaign was going on and big things might happen and maybe it could get kind of . . . exciting.

So what is happening?  Maybe a great political story…

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Anonymous says:

    Sandy, how do you think the base will react to Rice, a pro-choice and pro-civil unions person? Will there already shaky faith in Romney collapse or are they too motivated to vote out Obama to care about ideological purity at this point?

  2. I am not sure she is for civil unions but even if so, I am too. I would take out the word marriage from the state laws, give gays and maybe polygamists too (I’m not sure on that yet) the right to have a civil union and if the believers like me want to call it marriage – that’s great. If the gays want to call it marriage, that’s great too.

    Rice calls herself “mildly pro-choice” and that is better than most pro-choice Democrats.

    My first choice for VP is my governor Bob McDonnell and second LA Gov. Bobby Jindal and Secretary Rice third. But Rice is smart, she fills several areas for demographic use, and she helps Romney in foreign policy.

    Thanks for your return comment!


  3. Paul Ross says:

    Condoleez Rice is a liberal. She voted for Obama, along with Colin Powell. Ignoring his radical history and horrifically weak record as a legislator and two year senator, who typically voted present. She and Powell both endorsed the extremely dangerous and devastating START treaty which guts our strategic nuclear deterrent which is needed not just fr us…but the whole free world. All while ignoring huge Russian deceits that have been outed on their claimed nuclear dismantlement. And the new START treaty furthermore guts the enforcement provisions of the Reagan INF treaty…which the Soviets violated with their SS-22’s, hiding them in Eastern Europe who finally outed them. And the Russian government…which continued the coverup was never punished. And then th huge under-mountain nuclear facilities the Russians have been secretively building for the last 20 years….and block any Americans or Europeans from inspecting. Thus they must have parked a giant stash of “dismantled” nuclear missiles there…that obviously are not.
    And then there is Cina’s 3,000 miles of hidden under-mountain tunnels that are provably filled with nuclear weapons.
    But Powell and Rice endorsed this unilateral disarmament treaty any ways.

    And then she also supported and pushed the sovereignty and national security endangering LOST treaty while she was Secretary of State…and Bush only held off signing it because he knew the Senate would reject it. Obama’s version does not fix anything from its communist redistribution and sovereignty destruction to their ability at the UN to interfere with our naval defenses. The alleged veto addition is meaningless with presidents such as Obama…or Rice.

    Rice is not competent or trustworthy in national security. Her policies prove it.

    • I don’t know if I am ready to agree with Paul Ross but first, thanks for coming and thanks for the thoughtful and erudite comment. I did realize today Rice supports LOST and that is not good. I am just not sure I would call her a liberal. Maybe libertarian instead. And as a Ron Paul guy I can go with that. Rice could be more of an interventionist than I am. I think she is smart, ready to be President and would help Romney with several demographic groups.

      Having said that my choices for VP are: Bob McDonnell first, Jindal second and Rice third.


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