The boss has been suggesting that Mitt Romney might be looking at adding former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice to the Republican ticket, so imagine my surprise this morning when I received an email from ... Condoleezza Rice! Could it be that Rice was emailing me to weigh in? Was she going to thank THE WEEKLY STANDARD for saying that she could very well be in the running?
"2012 is perhaps a turning point for the United States," Rice writes in the email. "The upcoming elections loom as one of the most important in my lifetime. I'm very often asked to speak about our current foreign policy and the challenges that lie before us. However, we, as a country, are not going to be able to address any of those international challenges unless we first get our domestic house in order. We have some big domestic issues right now, and the American people know it."
I'm writing you today because conservative women can greatly influence the outcomes of these elections. And our conservative women candidates are amongst those best poised to address the challenges that we face.
But, no, Rice is not (yet) throwing her hat in the ring. The email did not indicate that she had changed her mind--and that she would now accept the vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket if Romney were to offer it. What's more, it was a mass email, surely sent to many, many folks.
Instead, Rice is going political, and fundraising for "ShePAC, a new group that is working to Support, Honor & Elect conservative women, to talk about these ideals," as Rice describes.
This email does illuminate an important fact, however: Condoleezza Rice is now seeking to be a part of election politics. And seeks some sort of role this election cycle.
Whereas before, certainly since the Bush administration (and, one could argue, while even in the administration, since her job was strictly not political), Rice stayed away from politics, usually at more than an arm's length. But now she wants in.
So the question remains: Romney-Rice 2012?