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:
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."
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