I’ve always admired Condoleeza Rice, some would say too much since I had posters of her on my bedroom walls…just kidding (that was creepy, wasn’t it?), although I think she’s both smart and beautiful. Anyway, no one can doubt her credentials. No one can doubt her preparedness should she need to assume the Presidency. And no one can doubt her patriotism. If there is any doubt about her, it’s her position on abortion…that is troubling.
In the many times I’ve discussed the issue of abortion with women, it seems those who have children are by and large against such a murderous practice while those who don’t have children feel differently. Motherhood it seems, changes women from self-absorbed to selfless. There is no greater urge in the universe than a mother’s need to protect and defend her child. Yes, there are sick anomalies, but they are few and far between regardless of what you may see in the media.
Ms. Rice has no children. Though that might not be enough to give her a pass on the abortion issue, it at least allows a revisiting should she be picked by Mitt Romney for his running mate (should she accept). I would be satisfied with a statement from Ms. Rice to the effect that as long as she is in public office, she will take the side of the unborn and do everything in her power to see that life is protected. Her word is good enough for me.
But, there is also a very real and practical side to having Ms. Rice in a Romney administration not only as Vice-President, but also as Secretary of State. Talk about an immediate savings to the American taxpayer, how about blending the pretty much useless, yet expensive office of the Vice-President with the incredibly important, some would say second only to the Presidency itself, office of Secretary of State?
She is ideal from a political perspective as well…perhaps. Ms. Rice has made it perfectly clear she has no such lofty ambitions to the Presidency in spite of the fact many say it could be hers for the taking. Without a desire to go beyond, in an electoral sense, a Condoleeza Rice Vice-Presidency/Secretary of State for eight years would pave the way for the grooming of Marco Rubio who, if he stays humble and keeps his nose clean will inevitably run for the Presidency, most likely in 2020.
This is as it should be. He is the face of the Republican future, not the only one mind you, but a good one nonetheless.
If not Condi for VP, then it should be Governor Bobby Jindal for myriad reasons, not the least his brains and, dare we say it, balls. Here is a guy who privatized the entire Louisiana education system and received absolutely no credit whatsoever in the media aside from us here. He has a record of achievement that is quite phenomenal all things considered. More than that, he is a Southerner with ethnic ties to regions beyond Dixie’s borders. Jindal says to those rather silent, but hardworking and sizable ethnic groups, “In America, anything can be accomplished, I am living proof.”
Either way, Mitt Romney has a chance to make real history. He has Condi, Jindal and even Rubio to round out what is considered to be the whitest candidacy in recent history, not that there’s anything wrong with being whiter than white, but if the long view is to be taken and Mr. Romney is to take the statesman’s position in securing the future of this country beyond his presidency, then he should recognize the chance he has to remake America in the image of our forefathers not to mention the hope of millions upon millions of legal immigrants who came here and continue to come for the promise our Founders made to the world.