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Conventional wisdom has long held that the first woman, or first African-American in the White House, would be a Democrat. It would be the ultimate double-whammy to beat the Democrats at their own game. The beauty of it all is that she would not be not chosen because of her merely being a woman or an African-American, but rather because of her intelligence, qualifications, talents, experience and confidence of the president.
I'm actually a fan of this idea, but this explanation sort of boggles the mind. On one hand, we want to "beat the Democrats at their own game", by electing a female African-American on a Presidential ticket, but, ah, not because she's a woman or an African-American. Riiiiiiight. I think it's a smart move and that Rice is the right woman, but let's not kid ourselves -- dumping Cheney, who I believe is a political liability as VP, is a drastic step, and the only reason you'd do that to pick Rice is precisely to appeal to women and African-Americans, as the site's previous paragraph explicitly states:
Among the numerous things National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice does to ensure a 2004 Bush victory, two stand out as paramount: she eradicates the gender gap, possibly the biggest liability for Republicans; and, she increases the chances of garnering more African-American votes for the ticket than Bush's scant 10% in 2000.
Why be so coy? It's no secret that the Republicans would like to appeal more to the African-American community, although I think the "gender gap" has been overblown. Republicans won't appeal to African-Americans any more by not promoting prominent African-Americans to important positions in the GOP. Putting her at #2 would be a strong statement. Don't be embarrassed by that! Here's another good reason:
The Republican Party needs to groom a presidential candidate who is able to meet the challenge against expected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2008. Who would fare better, one of the old Republican guard, or Vice-President Rice? It would not even be a contest with Condi!
Condi also doesn't have a chronic heart condition, but she's also not the President's brother, who probably would like a shot at the title in '08. Republicans ought to take this idea seriously: Condi as VP would give a tremendous boost in prestige to this presidency, and besides, she's up to the task. I'm not sure Cheney is up to another four years.Sphere It View blog reactions
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