[Guest post by DRJ]
In an interview on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Republican Dan Senor said Condoleezza Rice is actively campaigning for the position of Vice President:
“Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is actively courting the Vice Presidential nomination, according to Republican Strategist Dan Senor. “Condi Rice has been actively, actually in recent weeks, campaigning for this,” Senor said this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
I saw John McCain on Chris Wallace’s program on Fox News. When he was questioned about a VP, he said his goal was to pick someone who had the same values, principles, and priorities as he does, someone who would share his agenda. It did not matter to him whether that person had extensive or limited foreign policy experience as long as s/he would share his agenda. That immediately made me think of Sen. Lindsey Graham but it could also apply to Condi Rice.
When you portray yourself as a maverick the way John McCain does, it’s hard to know what agenda you stand for. He’s a little like Barack Obama in that sense (although I think Obama’s positions are consistently liberal, they are not well known), which is one reason why this election is so interesting. So far, it’s an election that is more about personalities than principles and IMO Condoleezza Rice is a personality whose principles aren’t very well known.