From her demon photograph days to her lasting memory as a part of the Iraq Invasion, Condoleezza Rice conjures up strong feelings with the Left. And in an effort to discredit her, recent writings by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld and her own allegedly somewhat pro-abortion position seem destined to create a problem for Condi Rice on the Right. Seems like a perfect candidate for the campaign which is searching for more votes.
There would be something keenly 50s if Rice and Mitt Romney run together for the top two executive positions in the United States.
Romney, his perfect white family from Leave It To Beaver and Father Knows Best, and Condoleezza Rice, the single woman who lived in a modest home that provided her with white gloves, dresses and piano lessons.
And there is something keenly 60s in Barrack Obama and Joe Biden, the Odd Couple with Obama as the neat one and Biden as the messy guy. Tune in to All in the Family and the Danny Thomas Show as we watch them attempt to govern over a very divided and messy landscape of epic proportions.
Can Romney, the father who knows best, succeed in convincing people more than a half century later that his vision of the United States makes sense? More than half so far do not believe so.
Can the first all-black (according to Morgan Freeman, the only black to hold either spot on either party's presidential ticket) woman on any ticket finally get rid of the woman in politics albatross at the national presidential level and win from a 50s perspective of America?
In short, will C. Rice be the next Republican Veep?
The answer appears to be a growing yes, at least from the perspective of both those in favor of having her on the ticket and keeping her off. Some pundits and others want this not to happen. The divide is clear. Share the vision of a few, and the bold stroke of Rice makes much better sense than the same again people, or the guys who trash others like Christie.
There is little question but that Rice has the ability to make mincemeat of any Veep debate running almost anyone, especially Biden. She would assist the ticket in ways that no other candidate would.
There is no other candidate who could make the kind of difference that Rice can make.
Marco Rubio should be dead and buried after his plainly false statements regarding his parents' immigrant past.
And the others include only one with any staying power, Bob McDonnell, the Governor of Virginia. But he has no foreign policy experience. And the long list of other white governors provide no more lift than McDonnell.
Before we go the way of several prominent conservatives, let's see if there is more to Rice than her white gloves, four languages and piano playing shows.
We can leave aside her distaste for politics. There is no doubt but that she would far prefer not being a political figure any more.
Perhaps one of the reasons is the simple question, which someone will now ask, "Who did you vote for in the last election?"
A Rice vice presidency would deliver two messages of real importance. Romney: "I am not going to talk about racism. My actions speak louder than words." Rice: "I am not a part of the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Bush bunch of zealots."
The strongest plus is Cheney's war with Rice, spelled out in his recent book. And among those differences, the most striking was the one dealing with the Iraq War. Cheney "chided Rice for clashing with White House advisors on the tone of the president’s speeches on Iraq."
Aside from the fact she may not accept, the most significant argument against Rice appears to be her close alignment with George W. Bush, one of the least popular presidents in history.
So, despite the repeated statements about Rice being unacceptable to many of the louder pundits, Rice is not only a good candidate, she is probably the best. Especially because of her credentials and race.
Will this matter?
Only Rice can tell. But it should occur before the convention. As much exposure of the real C. Rice is necessary to ensure that everyone knows who we are dealing with.