April 7, 2008 — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been “campaigning” to be John McCain’s running mate, a former Bush administration aide said yesterday.
Rice has been courting the Republican elite, Dan Senor, a political strategist and former foreign-policy adviser to President Bush, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this,” he said.
Let me be very clear about my opinion on this. It has nothing to do with Dr. Rice’s ability or performance as secretary of state but I think the Republicans would have to be absolutely daft even to raise a hint of a Bush third term. The farther that Sen. John McCain can distance himself from the Bush Administration, the greater his likelihood of election in November.
The very broaching of this subject makes me wonder if the national Republican Party doesn’t have the same urge to self-destruction as the Illinois GOP. Really.
On the other hand I think it would be extremely shrewd for McCain to select a black running mate. Good picks include Maryland’s Michael Steel or Okahoma’s J. C. Watts. But Secretary Rice’s fortunes will inevitably follow those of the president whom she serves.
What in the world can they be thinking?