This Monday for Clutch Magazine Online, I took a break from my nephew babysitting duties to pen a post on how in an effort to get people talking about anything but Bain Capital, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice's name was thrown about this weekend as a possible vice presidential pick for wannabe Robot-In-Chief Mitt Romney.
Here's a snippet:
It doesn’t matter that the former Secretary of State and veteran of the Bush administration has said – repeatedly – she has no interest in the job. (Exact words: “There is no way I would do this,” Rice said. “I didn’t run for student council president. I don’t see myself in any way in elected office.”) It doesn’t matter that insiders said Romney is not likely to make “daring” or female veep choices due to the GOP still suffering from Post-Traumatic Palin Stress Disorder. It doesn’t matter that Condi has never run for political office or that for all her strength, she comes with the baggage of “President George W. Bush,” a presidential administration only Dick Cheney could love (because he not-so-secretly ran it).
Even Bush doesn’t defend Bush anymore. Why would Rice reopen that old wound?
Besides, it would just be too easy for Barack Obama. It would be like Romney was a double agent for my old joke website “The Secret Council of American Negroes” – working as an inside man trying to throw 2012 to the Great Hope Monger. Rice is pro-choice AND an extremely controversial warmonger. It’s a great lose-lose where all Mittens would have managed is to enrage all sides.
What moderates or Liberals Romney could potentially impress with a Rice pick get turned off once they’re reminded of how she was resolutely for the heavily flawed, murderous, bloody boondoggle that was our invasion of Iraq. The conservatives he could feasibly build on would run away screaming upon closer inspection of Rice’s pro-immigration leanings and lack of dedication to conservative causes such as abortion.
This is an obviously bad play, which means it’s probably a trap, a distraction, because Romney wants you to “LOOK AT THIS BLACK WOMAN! PLEASE IGNORE ANY REPORTING ABOUT BAIN CAPITAL,” and not actually seriously consider a Romney/Rice ticket.
Did it work? Did he make you look?