OK. On the Drudge Report the rumor is that Condoleezza Rice is the leading VP pick. I have always admired her for a number of reasons. Most notably as an academic and foreign policy expert. I would love this choice. She has a lot of gravitas and I'd love to see a debate between her and Biden. As a matter of fact, I'd pay to be there as she chopped him into pieces. It would definitely be a duel with an unarmed man.
Now, the conventional wisdom says that the VP candidate has to come out swinging and be the attack dog. Of course, conventional wisdom is often wrong. In the case of Condoleezza Rice I don't think she should do that because it would undermine the dignity she brings to the political process. I don't think politics is strictly street fighting. I think that someone of her stature could nearly be above the fray. Her reasoned arguments would bring dignity to a cesspool occupied by the Joe Bidens of the world.
As the vice president, she could also fill a unique role. If it were me, I would give her an additional job. Presidents have had a propensity to give their VP roles that try to make them relevant. How about Gore and the redefinition of government? How about Biden being in the mix as an advisor to Obama on foreign policy? Good work there Joe. After all, being on the Senate Foreign Policy committee is a real credential for knowing what's going on in the world. Hey Joe, let's divide Iraq into three countries.
Here's my idea. If I were Romney, I'd immediately appoint Rice as the Secretary of State. Really, a VP as Secretary of State? First of all, she's kind of qualified for it. Secondly, here's a quiz for you. What is the sole duty of the VP enumerated in the U.S. Constitution? How about one. As the President of the Senate. Have you watched the Senate? The V.P. isn't there on a daily basis and can only vote in case of a tie. Those people presiding over the daily operations of the Senate are fill-ins for the V.P. Otherwise, the V.P. goes to funerals and other vital duties.
Let's imagine this. Romney as president could send Rice to do his bidding as a direct representative in foreign policy. No more of this stuff of sending the S of S to be a diplomat. My V.P. is here to talk to you. It would set the diplomatic world on its ear. The V.P. would demand an enormous amount of respect far outweighing some cabinet level officer. It would change everything, right? Who wouldn't trust Rice to be the powerful representative or even, plenipotentiary of the U.S. with full negotiating power. The president could then come in as the closer on any deal. Outstanding, right?
Oh, and economically we could combine two tremendously expensive offices together. Brilliant. Don't tell me the V.P. wouldn't have time to do both jobs. One more point, the Constitution doesn't speak to a cabinet for the president. Washington appointed one and every president after him has also done the same. Romney could set the trend for smaller more streamlined government and he would actually put his money where his mouth is.
Romney and Rice. Potentially a great combination.