What purpose does it serve the Romney campaign to pretend that Condi Rice is a front runner for the VP nod when it’s almost certain she won’t be? The Drudge report was buzzing yesterday with speculation that Condi was almost a sure bet with a main headline article. Knowing how the Drudge Report works, the news was probably a leak from somewhere in GOP land, likely the Romney campaign itself. I can’t figure out why they would do this given that there is a 99.8 percent chance Condi has no desire to be VP and the fact she wouldn’t really help Romney win even if she did.
Condi is a very private academic social moderate with no election experience at all. When she says she has no interest in the job, unlike many real politicians, I actually believe her. Throw it the fact she is pro choice, black, an academic, and never married I can’t see she helps with base at all. I can’t see how these points could attract moderates enough to out weigh the loss of the base vote they’d cause. Sure she is conservative in terms of foreign policy, but the difference between the Democrats and Republicans on foreign policy is mostly just style and very little substance nowadays. I dont think this election will be about foreign policy, so her “strengths” here are even further deluded.
Romney is smart guy, he has to realize this. So why? What’s the angle? I can’t figure it out.