I realize I'll probably be burned in effigy for this on here, but here goes. I would support Romney choosing Condoleezza Rice as his VP running mate, despite the fact that the life issue is tied at the top of my list with national security and the economy. I see two down sides, but several upsides to her selection.
Cons: 1) Granted she is not pro-life. But neither is she a NARAL ideologue. I recall no substantive commentary from her regarding this issue when she was either National Security Adviser or Secretary of State. As Secretary of State, she in no way subverted Bush 43 policies to cut pro-abortion funding in USAID packages. While I wish she were unabashedly pro-life (which, given Planned Parenthood's eugenic origins, I can't understand why any African-American wouldn't be, especially a woman) the unfortunate fact that she describes herself as pro-choice is outweighed by the pros she brings (see infra). 2) She isn't a firebrand and won't fire up the Tea Party/pro-life base. Well, I consider myself a Pro-Life Tea Partier, so I'm not sure that is true. However, even if you, my fellow Tea Party/pro-lifers aren't dancing in the streets, are you really going to not vote for Mitt with all that is at stake this election? Please. Politics is about compromise, within reason. The numbers are trending our direction on the life issue, eventually we will re-take America on that. Let's have some, what we would call in the Army "operational patience". Despite its moral indefensibility, there are still large percentages of Americans who are pro-choice on the issue. A selection of Condi would be well received by them. I admit, how that demographic would break is highly speculative. Her intellect and sobriety, and gravitas in foreign affairs, though, would add substantially to the narrative "the grown ups are coming back to Washington" that someone (Mr. Goldberg?) mentioned on yesterday's podcast.
Pros: 1) Full disclosure-- I am an Army OIF and OEF vet (Combat Engineer). I am a hawkish neocon. I like her. In fact I love her. If I weren't married I would court her something fierce. As Victor Davis Hanson published in NRO today, we are witnessing a seismic shift in global affairs. This is not time for on the job training with Iran, North Korea, Syria, Russia (she has deep expertise in former Soviet sphere) and the the global network of homicidal jihadis. Foreign policy is not Romney's strong suit, she would remedy that with expertise and articulation to spare (granted she may do more good back as National Security Adviser or Secretary of State, but--). 2) She evaporates any sexism charge. 3) She evaporates any racism charge. 4) She has an incredibly inspirational American success story, if allowed to be told boldly, it might finally break the back of the Democrats' stranglehold on the African-American community. 5) Did I mention I love her?
OK. Fire when ready. I can take it. Don't hold back.