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Condi as VP ensures Obama’s defeat

Former Secretary of State’s mere presence on the GOP ticket trumps the race and other Democratic Party identity politics’ cards

The rumors are out there, and this conservative hopes they are true. Condoleezza Rice as the vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party utterly refutes the narrative by which the Democratic Party attempts to justify its very existence.

Yes, Dr. Rice has made statements sympathetic to the pro-abortion position and has a lot of blanks to fill in on many economic and other social issues, but the top of the ticket declares itself pro-life and would add the gravitas of a member of President George W. Bush’s top national security team that kept us safe after 911.

Famously, Dubya told then National Security Advisor Rice only a few days after his Inauguration, that he was tired of the U.S. “swatting at flies” in Afghanistan, and to secure a plan to take out The Taliban and al Qaeda’s safe haven. Ironically, Rice delivered that plan to President Bush’s Oval Office desk only hours before the Twin Towers fell.

Condoleezza Rice will make the man that pines for a son that looks like Trayvon Martin look like the racist he plays in the real West Wing and will enable millions of voters, many Black, to make the break from the world’s oldest party that neither Jefferson not Jackson would recognize and that Martin Luther King, Jr. was never a member of.

The Republican Party of Lincoln and Reagan would make a savvy move with Ms. Rice on the ticket.

Mitt, just do it.

[Update at 9:45am, July 13, 2012]

Condi’s recent red meat conservative speech:

Excerpt:

But Rice’s speech captured the mood of conservatives, painting a bleak portrait of the “dangerous, chaotic times” facing the country, and blamed President Obama for bringing on international weakness, class warfare, and fiscal recklessness. She even urged those in attendance to “storm Washington D.C.” on behalf of Romney.

Framing her speech around three major “shocks to the international system” in the past decade — the 9/11 attacks, the global financial crisis, and the Arab Spring — Rice said Obama’s failed governance has thrown the world deeper into crisis.

“What we’re feeling most is not just that tumult, we’ve been through tumult before,” she said. “What we’re feeling is the absence of American leadership.”

She continued: “When our friends aren’t certain that they can count on us — and they aren’t so certain now — and when our foes don’t fear us or respect us, this is what you get: tumultuous, dangerous chaotic times,” Rice said.

Riffing on the Arab Spring, which she dubbed “in many ways, the most dramatic of all these shocks,” Rice said the various dictator-toppling movements were the inevitable ultimate consequence of authoritarian rule. She compared it to the 1989 Romanian Revolution, when Communist leader Nicolae Ceau?escu was executed by his own people.

“The Ceau?escu moment is when what separates a dictator from his people, when fear breaks down,” she said, adding, “That’s what you see in the Middle East.”

She sounded other hawkish themes as well, condemning Obama for allowing America to be “governed by the lowest common denominator collective will of the so-called international community of the United Nations.” And she touted Romney’s absolute belief in “American exceptionalism.”

But the first moment that brought the crowd to its feet came when she moved from foreign to domestic policy, blasting the president for pitting the rich against the poor.

“It is a narrative that is being pushed by our current president, that ‘I’m doing poorly because you’re doing well,'” she said. “That has never been the American narrative. Ours has never been a narrative of aggrievement, and ours has never been a narrative of entitlement.”

And then, moments later, she received her second standing ovation by declaring, “It is time for all of us, in any way we can, to mobilize, get our act together, and storm Washington D.C.”

Read and hear it all

Mike DeVine

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist –  Examiner.com

Editor of  Hillbilly Politics and Co-Founder and Editor of Political Daily

Charlotte Observer and Atlanta Journal-Constitution op-eds archived at Townhall.com.

Mike gamecock DeVine
A trial lawyer for two decades in South Carolina; owner of Ati Vista LLC since 2002 now associated with Lupa Law Firm; VP & Counsel for Buddy Allen Roofing & Construction Inc. since 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia; and a freelance writer, DeVine was the conservative voice of the Charlotte Observer from 2006-8 and has been the owner of HillbillyPolitics.com since 2009. www.devinelawvista.com

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  1. You make an excellent argument for Condi. I am not someone who thinks Mitt will announce his decision early.  I think at least 5 and 1/2 weeks before Mitt makes his decision public. I’m not slamming Sarah Palin, but I don’t think Mitt will pick anyone who does not have a lot of experience working in DC.

  2. Rice would be a very unhappy choice in my view and a good way to keep millions of conservatives at home.  Blacks will be no more impressed with her as VP than they were with her at State.  Obama has a dead solid lock on 95% of their vote.

    Rice, 2009:  “These are good people”  https://youtu.be/x5P5K-x5_UQ 

    Clearly, you can’t count on Condi to “go after” Obama . . .

    Although she has been repeatedly asked, Rice has refused to say whom she voted for in ’08.  Ok, fine her right to keep it private.  How many other prominent Republicans would have been so coy?  Pretty easy to say, I’m a Republican and I supported the party’s nominee. . . unless you didn’t. 

  3. It appears that Condi very recently went after those good people:

    But Rice’s speech captured the mood of conservatives, painting a bleak portrait of the “dangerous, chaotic times” facing the country, and blamed President Obama for bringing on international weakness, class warfare, and fiscal recklessness. She even urged those in attendance to “storm Washington D.C.” on behalf of Romney.Framing her speech around three major “shocks to the international system” in the past decade — the 9/11 attacks, the global financial crisis, and the Arab Spring — Rice said Obama’s failed governance has thrown the world deeper into crisis.”What we’re feeling most is not just that tumult, we’ve been through tumult before,” she said. “What we’re feeling is the absence of American leadership.”She continued: “When our friends aren’t certain that they can count on us — and they aren’t so certain now — and when our foes don’t fear us or respect us, this is what you get: tumultuous, dangerous chaotic times,” Rice said.Riffing on the Arab Spring, which she dubbed “in many ways, the most dramatic of all these shocks,” Rice said the various dictator-toppling movements were the inevitable ultimate consequence of authoritarian rule. She compared it to the 1989 Romanian Revolution, when Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu was executed by his own people.”The Ceaușescu moment is when what separates a dictator from his people, when fear breaks down,” she said, adding, “That’s what you see in the Middle East.”She sounded other hawkish themes as well, condemning Obama for allowing America to be “governed by the lowest common denominator collective will of the so-called international community of the United Nations.” And she touted Romney’s absolute belief in “American exceptionalism.”But the first moment that brought the crowd to its feet came when she moved from foreign to domestic policy, blasting the president for pitting the rich against the poor.”It is a narrative that is being pushed by our current president, that ‘I’m doing poorly because you’re doing well,'” she said. “That has never been the American narrative. Ours has never been a narrative of aggrievement, and ours has never been a narrative of entitlement.”And then, moments later, she received her second standing ovation by declaring, “It is time for all of us, in any way we can, to mobilize, get our act together, and storm Washington D.C.”read and hear it allhttps://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/audio-exclusive-the-speech-that-landed-condi-on-r 

    • GC, saying stuff and doing it are 2 different things. I like her and have always admired her but I don’t think she should be Romney’s pick for the same reasons TG iterated.

      Frankly I don’t know who I would wish for. Strong rumors about Portman as well. He has experience but has no personality or fire. Plus most have never heard of him. West doesn’t have the experience. Rubio? Maybe.

  4. Mixed feelings about this, GC.  I don’t think choosing Condi because she is a woman, or a lady of color are important…if she is a moderate, similar to Romney it will be a concern to the conservative base of the party.  I do admire her, but definitely would be concerned about her strength vs squishiness.  

  5. In the end, Condi, though with plenty of executive branch and FP experience, is an academic.  Besides using her ‘woman of color’ status to siphon off a few black votes (which would be welcome), I think she is mostly viewed as being ‘smart’.  GW was ‘smart’ to bring her into his administration, enlist her in the GWOT, and promote her to succeed the faltering Colin Powell, who had risen to the level of his incompetence.
    Not saying Condi doesn’t understand the domestic side, or politics, or anything else, but After Obama, We The People need a jack-of-all trades VP who is dedicated above all to the notion that a Traditional America is still the model, even with technological innovation, who is plain-spoken, has a track record in the rough-and-tumble of electoral politics and, as others have said, keeps the base engaged and reassured.

  6. For me, it will have to come down to messaging in the campaign and what are Mitt’s plans for the Vice Presidency. I knew I would not get a Jim Demint Veep, and hoped I would not get a bull in a china shop like Christie who I have substance issues with

    Condi has drawbacks, that is for sure. I’m not at all surprised that Mitt is considering a glamour pick. I do wish he’d go for Rubio or Ryan glamour, because I agree with their substance more, especially on social issues.

    Yes, Condi is smart and very well spoken. Don’t know that she would be Presidential material. I can accept her as Veep but not President

     

  1. You make an excellent argument for Condi. I am not someone who thinks Mitt will announce his decision early.  I think at least 5 and 1/2 weeks before Mitt makes his decision public. I’m not slamming Sarah Palin, but I don’t think Mitt will pick anyone who does not have a lot of experience working in DC.

  2. Rice would be a very unhappy choice in my view and a good way to keep millions of conservatives at home.  Blacks will be no more impressed with her as VP than they were with her at State.  Obama has a dead solid lock on 95% of their vote.

    Rice, 2009:  “These are good people”  https://youtu.be/x5P5K-x5_UQ 

    Clearly, you can’t count on Condi to “go after” Obama . . .

    Although she has been repeatedly asked, Rice has refused to say whom she voted for in ’08.  Ok, fine her right to keep it private.  How many other prominent Republicans would have been so coy?  Pretty easy to say, I’m a Republican and I supported the party’s nominee. . . unless you didn’t. 

  3. It appears that Condi very recently went after those good people:

    But Rice’s speech captured the mood of conservatives, painting a bleak portrait of the “dangerous, chaotic times” facing the country, and blamed President Obama for bringing on international weakness, class warfare, and fiscal recklessness. She even urged those in attendance to “storm Washington D.C.” on behalf of Romney.Framing her speech around three major “shocks to the international system” in the past decade — the 9/11 attacks, the global financial crisis, and the Arab Spring — Rice said Obama’s failed governance has thrown the world deeper into crisis.”What we’re feeling most is not just that tumult, we’ve been through tumult before,” she said. “What we’re feeling is the absence of American leadership.”She continued: “When our friends aren’t certain that they can count on us — and they aren’t so certain now — and when our foes don’t fear us or respect us, this is what you get: tumultuous, dangerous chaotic times,” Rice said.Riffing on the Arab Spring, which she dubbed “in many ways, the most dramatic of all these shocks,” Rice said the various dictator-toppling movements were the inevitable ultimate consequence of authoritarian rule. She compared it to the 1989 Romanian Revolution, when Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu was executed by his own people.”The Ceaușescu moment is when what separates a dictator from his people, when fear breaks down,” she said, adding, “That’s what you see in the Middle East.”She sounded other hawkish themes as well, condemning Obama for allowing America to be “governed by the lowest common denominator collective will of the so-called international community of the United Nations.” And she touted Romney’s absolute belief in “American exceptionalism.”But the first moment that brought the crowd to its feet came when she moved from foreign to domestic policy, blasting the president for pitting the rich against the poor.”It is a narrative that is being pushed by our current president, that ‘I’m doing poorly because you’re doing well,'” she said. “That has never been the American narrative. Ours has never been a narrative of aggrievement, and ours has never been a narrative of entitlement.”And then, moments later, she received her second standing ovation by declaring, “It is time for all of us, in any way we can, to mobilize, get our act together, and storm Washington D.C.”read and hear it allhttps://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/audio-exclusive-the-speech-that-landed-condi-on-r 

    • GC, saying stuff and doing it are 2 different things. I like her and have always admired her but I don’t think she should be Romney’s pick for the same reasons TG iterated.

      Frankly I don’t know who I would wish for. Strong rumors about Portman as well. He has experience but has no personality or fire. Plus most have never heard of him. West doesn’t have the experience. Rubio? Maybe.

  4. Mixed feelings about this, GC.  I don’t think choosing Condi because she is a woman, or a lady of color are important…if she is a moderate, similar to Romney it will be a concern to the conservative base of the party.  I do admire her, but definitely would be concerned about her strength vs squishiness.  

  5. In the end, Condi, though with plenty of executive branch and FP experience, is an academic.  Besides using her ‘woman of color’ status to siphon off a few black votes (which would be welcome), I think she is mostly viewed as being ‘smart’.  GW was ‘smart’ to bring her into his administration, enlist her in the GWOT, and promote her to succeed the faltering Colin Powell, who had risen to the level of his incompetence.
    Not saying Condi doesn’t understand the domestic side, or politics, or anything else, but After Obama, We The People need a jack-of-all trades VP who is dedicated above all to the notion that a Traditional America is still the model, even with technological innovation, who is plain-spoken, has a track record in the rough-and-tumble of electoral politics and, as others have said, keeps the base engaged and reassured.

  6. For me, it will have to come down to messaging in the campaign and what are Mitt’s plans for the Vice Presidency. I knew I would not get a Jim Demint Veep, and hoped I would not get a bull in a china shop like Christie who I have substance issues with

    Condi has drawbacks, that is for sure. I’m not at all surprised that Mitt is considering a glamour pick. I do wish he’d go for Rubio or Ryan glamour, because I agree with their substance more, especially on social issues.

    Yes, Condi is smart and very well spoken. Don’t know that she would be Presidential material. I can accept her as Veep but not President

     

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