Nina Easton has an article over at CNN on Condi Rice. Nina interviewed Condi for Fortune's Most Powerful Women's Summit. Easton came away with the idea that Condi should be the face of the GOP.
WASHINGTON (Fortune) -- Successful candidates follow a simple fundamental rule: Define yourself before your opponent can define you. The Republican Party, which mustered a thumbs-up from only 38% of voters in last week's Bloomberg poll, sorely needs to brush up on the very rule it counsels in candidate-training sessions.
To skeptics in search of a political home, the GOP's image has devolved into that of a minority collection of name-calling, "no"-saying, backward-looking, talk-show bullying cranks -- a definition gleefully perpetuated by Democratic pols. So next time the eloquent and elegant figure of Condoleezza Rice strides onto a stage, GOP strategists worried about their party's future should pull out their notebooks.
While I love, respect, admire and sorely miss Condoleeza Rice, I have to admit she isn’t what is needed in 2012. What the GOP needs to find is a scrappy street fighter.
We are not dealing with run of the mill Democrats. The days of the old fashion Democrat are gone. What conservative and Republicans face are a rabid pack of jackals from the far left. These people know no civility; they are depraved in achieving their goals. An eloquent and sophisticated lady like Condoleeza Rice is sadly not suited to go up against people who are willing and able to break all rules to achieve their goals.
What the GOP had better find is someone who hits below the belt and NEVER apologizes for it (e.g. Sarah Palin and her death panels). When you hit the far left below the belt, they squeal like stuck pigs and feign victim, then they demand an apology. The way to deal with that is NOT to apologize, but instead to stick to your guns and continue to call them out. Again, I sadly do not see Rice capable of this.
That being said, should the GOP get their street fighter, that street fighter would be wise to keep Condi on their short list for her old job as Secretary of State or VP. Condi has a very tough and no nonsense view of foreign affairs. That kind of view is what will be needed to untangle the mess Obama and company are making of foreign policy today.
A quick note on race:
Some of you may question why Rice is so favorable to Obama. Simply listen to the first couple of minutes of the video where Rice talks about growing up in segregated America. You should gain an understanding why she would be proud to see the first black president of the United States and would praise him so. It also should give you some understanding as to why Bill Cosby agreed with Jimmy Carter’s views about racism.
Via: CNN Money
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