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  • McCain/Rice -- One Columnist Suggests It!

    http://www.newyorker.com/talk/commen...talk_hertzberg

    “WITH MCCAIN ATOP TICKET, TALK SHIFTS TO SPOT NO. 2,” the Times headlined the day after Spot No. 1 was definitively filled. According to the accompanying story, McCain has no Vice-Presidential short list and no process for making one, “merely a process to find a process.” Nevertheless, the paper assembled a list of its own, based, one assumes, partly on conversations with persons in the know. At the top: Governors Tim Pawlenty, of Minnesota; Charlie Crist, of Florida; Jon Huntsman, Jr., of Utah; and Mark Sanford, of South Carolina. The “mentioned as well” category included three former governors: Tom Ridge, of Pennsylvania, and two of McCain’s vanquished primary opponents, Mitt Romney, of Massachusetts, and Huckabee, of Arkansas.

    What shines through this list of names is the banality of the calculations behind it. All are off-the-shelf conservatives, ranging from the socially mild (Crist) to the fiscally rabid (Sanford, who labels himself “a right-wing nut”). All are white males. All, as governors or ex-governors, compensate for McCain’s dearth of administrative experience. Several might help move some battleground state from purple to red. None would disturb the peace—emphatically including the peace of the Democratic Party, if it ever regains it.
    This space is usually devoted to pristine moral reasoning, but, hell, it’s an election year. Let’s get down and dirty. If McCain really wants to have it all—to refurbish his maverick image without having to flip-flop on the panderings that have tarnished it; to galvanize the attention of the press, the nation, and the world; to make a bold play for the center without seriously alienating “the base”—then he can avail himself of a highly interesting option: Condoleezza Rice.
    To deal first with the obvious: Rice may be “only” the second woman and the second African-American to be Secretary of State, but she is indisputably the highest-ranking black female official ever to have served in any branch of the United States government. Her nomination to a constitutional executive office would cost McCain the votes of his party’s hardened racists and incorrigible misogynists. They are surely fewer in number, though, than the people who would like to participate in breaking the glass ceiling of race or gender but, given the choice, would rather do so in a more timid way, and/or without abandoning their party. And with Rice on the ticket the Republicans could attack Clinton or Obama with far less restraint.
    By choosing Rice, McCain would shackle himself anew to Bush’s Iraq war. But it’s hard to see how those chains could get much tighter than he has already made them. Rice would fit nicely into McCain’s view of the war as worth fighting but, until Donald Rumsfeld’s exit from the Pentagon, fought clumsily. And it would be fairly easy to establish a story line that would cast Rice as having been less Bush’s enabler than a loyal subordinate who nevertheless pushed gently from within for a more reasonable, more diplomatic approach.
    Rice is already fourth in line for the Presidency, and getting bumped up three places would be a shorter leap than any of the three Presidential candidates propose to make. It’s true that her record in office has been one of failure, from downgrading terrorism as a priority before 9/11 to ignoring the Israel-Palestine problem until (almost certainly) too late. But this does not seem to have done much damage to her popularity. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll taken when opposition to the Iraq war was approaching its height, she enjoyed a “favorable-unfavorable” rating of nearly two to one. The conservative rank and file likes her. Though she once described herself as “mildly pro-choice,” she is agile enough to complete the journey to mildly pro-life. And she is a preacher’s daughter.
    Choosing Rice would be a trick. Her failures would be buried in an avalanche of positive publicity for a personal story as yet only vaguely known to the broad public. (One of the little girls who died in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing was her playmate? We didn’t know that!) But the trick would not be an entirely cynical one. Her ascension, though nowhere near as momentous a breakthrough as the election of Obama or Clinton, would be a breakthrough all the same. In this connection, a kind word for George W. Bush may be in order. By appointing first Colin Powell and then Rice to the most senior job in the Cabinet, a job of global scope, Bush changed the way millions of white Americans think about black public officials. This may turn out to the most positive legacy of his benighted Presidency. ♦
    Former 2017 OFFICIAL SPONSOR of Braves' Fill-In Matt Adams,
    Jesus is . . .



  • #2
    Damn...if the other side is going to nominate a black and/or woman, no reason to self-negate the advantages of not nominating a black and/or woman.

    But no way. She's been Iraq-ed.

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    • #3
      Hillary will be available.
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      • #4
        If he picks Condi, he might as well have McBush signs made up.

        The president is an albatross around the necks of every Republican. That's what happens when you go all in with a guy.

        Most of the time, he's gonna fuck you and you're going to feel it for years.
        His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
        Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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        • #5
          I've never understood why the Republican Party has insisted on promoting it's only 2 black members all the way to the top.

          Anti-affirmative action, indeed.
          From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

          For more than 20 years I have endeavored-indeed, I have struggled-along with a majority of this Court, to develop procedural & substantive rules that would lend more than the mere appearance of fairness to the death penalty endeavor.


          I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed.

          The path the Court has chosen lessens us all. I dissent.

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          • #6
            I suspect it'll be Mark Sanford.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ppg shg View Post
              I've never understood why the Republican Party has insisted on promoting it's only 2 black members all the way to the top.

              Anti-affirmative action, indeed.
              Awww, it's more than 2!

              1. Condi.
              2. JC Watts.
              3. Alan Keyes.
              Former 2017 OFFICIAL SPONSOR of Braves' Fill-In Matt Adams,
              Jesus is . . .


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              • #8
                Originally posted by drobny23 View Post
                Awww, it's more than 2!

                1. Condi.
                2. JC Watts.
                3. Alan Keyes.
                Plenty others as well...but all Uncle Toms
                Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                • #9
                  I think it will be Crist or Pawlenty
                  Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                  • #10
                    He's gotta wait and see how many bridges he can mend with the far right before he can make a decision.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Reggie Cleveland View Post
                      He's gotta wait and see how many bridges he can mend with the far right before he can make a decision.
                      He could pick Newt.

                      That ought to get r done for the conservatives but then he could lose the center.
                      Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TTB View Post
                        He could pick Newt.

                        That ought to get r done for the conservatives but then he could lose the center.
                        If he gets to a point where he thinks he needs Newt, he might as well just ask the Messiah if he needs a ride to the inauguration.

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                        • #13
                          And "No thanks. I've got my donkey" will be the response.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Reggie Cleveland View Post
                            If he gets to a point where he thinks he needs Newt, he might as well just ask the Messiah if he needs a ride to the inauguration.
                            If he picks George Allen or Rick Santorum..I'm voting Libertarian again.
                            Go Cards ...12 in 13.


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                            • #15
                              I do not know what the republicans will do--but i do not expect McCain to be nominated. Yes, I know the delegate count. I don't know if it will be a scandal, or a medical thing, or a combination of them, but I still do not think he will be nominated.
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