In the wake of a Drudge Report story naming Condoleezza Rice as the frontrunner to be Mitt Romney’s running mate, speculation has been running wild that Romney may add the former Secretary of State to his ticket. Ignore it. A brief look at Rice’s career shows that she is ridiculously ill-suited to run with Romney, and would be an extremely unlikely nominee.
The first of many issues with Rice is the fact that she was the public face of George W. Bush’s historically unpopular foreign policy. Rice drew widespread criticism for her performance as National Security Advisor, and her tenure as Secretary of State is deeply controversial among liberals and conservatives alike. As Daniel Larison of The American Conservative put it, Rice “has the unusual distinction of being distrusted and disliked by many neoconservatives, most realists, and all non-interventionists in almost equal measure.”
The Romney campaign has gone out of its way to distance itself from the Bush administration as much as humanly possible. How often does it really want to see this clip appear in campaign ads between now and November?
Rice’s close ties to George W. Bush aren’t the only factor that make her an extremely unlikely vice presidential pick. She is also pro-choice.
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