After much RL disruption, I'm catching up on the last month's worth of podcasts. On the Left Coast/Right Coast podcast Alarming Progress, a discussion of Romney's potential VP picks comes up.
Kaus says that a woman on the ticket would help with Romney's weakness in the demographic, but Rubin says that there isn't a woman in the GOP "who would pass muster in a post-Palin world" right now.
Her criteria for a veep pick, which I think is an accurate representation of who Romney is looking for:
- Has to be thoughtful, a numbers person, with great discipline
- Needs to be strong on policy matters
- Must be experienced--Romney's pitch is for managerial leadership, ergo this is not the election to try out someone new to politics
- Can't be a "celebrity" or loud personality who will overshadow Romney
- Has to agree with Romney's own political views, and can get along with him
All reasonable points... but there is a woman that meets and even surpasses all these criteria. How could Rubin forget about Condoleeza Rice?
Rice has all the qualifications of experience and personality. She has the policy chops to talk detailed plans, and the ability to run verbal circles around Biden, Obama, and the entire on-air talent of MSNBC at the same time. Her political views are in the same center-right locus as Romney (or, less charitably, she matches his level of RINO squishiness on issues like abortion). She checks off the demographic boxes Romney will have trouble with, if you worry about that sort of thing.
It's possible there has never been a more perfect, complementary candidate to round out the ticket in the history of the GOP.
Granted, back in 2008 Rice said she wasn't interested in running for top office. But Christie said the same thing, and we keep trying to draft him anyway. Besides, that was four years ago... has anyone asked her again, after 4 years of Obama?