Rice ’08?

Condoleeza Rice 

 

 

 

I’m probably going to be called a conspiracy theorist but if you’re following the story about Vice-President Cheney and read between the lines, all kinds of speculation is taking place.

The This Is London Evening Standard is reporting, “There has been widespread speculation that if Mr Cheney is unable to complete his term in office through ill health he will be replaced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, another personal friend of Mr Bush.” 

Here’s the scenario:

Vice-President Cheney steps down as a result of the venuous thrombosis (bloodclot) in his leg.

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice steps up to replace the Vice President.

Vice President Rice becomes the next likely successor to President Bush much like most Vice Presidential candidates.

The GOP receives a cold splash of water to the face. 


Comments

  1. FYI, Secretary of State Rice only “steps up” if appointed by President Bush and approved by Congress. I wouldn’t expect Cheney to resign over this latest health problem. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. But it does open up an interesting possibility should Pelosi and Reid decide to cooperate. But then, why should they? Based on the Democrat’s history on appointing judges it would be hard to imagine them passing Rice through the system especially in light of all the anti-war rhetoric they are spouting.

  2. At the same time, I doubt they want to be seen as beating up on the most powerful African-American woman in American history. Nominating Rice as Vice President would also send a shock wave through the political establishment but it would not be out of George Bush’s style of surprising the establishment.

    Of course, this all depends on Cheney’s health. When he had health problems before, he didn’t step down so it would appear that he is unlikley to do so this time.

  3. It would be pretty cool for Bush to nominate a woman to replace Cheney, should that ever happen, but a Rice candidacy is doomed from the start. She couldn’t possibly win the nomination and even if she did she’s still too close to Bush and the war to be appealing to the public.

  4. It would be pretty cool for Bush to nominate a woman to replace Cheney, should that ever happen, but a Rice candidacy is doomed from the start. She couldn’t possibly win the nomination and even if she did she’s still too close to Bush and the war to be appealing to the public.

  5. oops, sorry for the double post

  6. Not convinced of a Rice candidacy (where does she stand on a ton of issues?), but the one thing that would her prime time is for the Dems to try and shoot her down if nominated for veep.

    They can’t be that stupid.

  7. kralmajales says

    Oh they wouldn’t be that stupid Joe Baby. The smart thing to do would be to use the opportunity to finally get her under oath, on record, before a committee so that they could ask her about all the embarassing mis-steps and cover ups she did. They would get a lot of “eh…national security…can’t answer” answers and then they would “reluctantly confirm her” as VEEP.

    I honestly don’t think she is that stupid to be honest. She is, as you say, so powerful, is well liked, and as Sec. of State is doing a fabulous job showing herself to be more and more a leader and independent in ways of this White House. I think she’d do better if she ran without becoming VEEP honestly. I think she is trying to put a little bit of smarts out there and to get ahead of this White House…and make a run for 2012. In the meantime, she doesn’t have to answer to anyone and she is the one thing going for the White House now in its hapless attempt at national security and international relations.

    Go Condi!

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