Sarah Palin’s poll numbers are (finally) dropping to the point where she is last in the line of likely Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential election. As for the rest of the field, it is an assortment of the usual suspects, most of whom are in the employ of Fox News. Which might make the right wing of the Republican party happy but is not likely to turn on too many other Americans. Some, like Gingrich, are carrying some heavy personal baggage. Huckabee, who is smart, likable and eloquent is probably a little too neo-evangelical to carry the majority. And the most moderate of the bunch, Mitt Romney may not have the necessary charisma, or the cojones (when it comes to standing up to his party’s right wing) to get the job.
There is a good candidate lurking in the Republican party’s wings who has the qualities needed to make a strong showing against Obama, and that is Condaleezza Rice. Like Palin she is smart, attractive , personable and of course, a woman. Unlike Palin, she is knowledgeable, intellectual, articulate and experienced with the added bonus of being both evangelical and African American. Having served as Secretary of State, she is also presidential, something that the other Republican lady is not.
But there is another lady out there, a Democrat, who is also knowledgeable, articulate, experienced and presidential, but if Hillary Clinton runs it won’t be until 2016. Which is why we probably won’t see Rice as a candidate in 2012 – she’ll be waiting in the wings for the later face-off. Which, in a way, is a shame, because I would’ve loved to see a debate between Barak and Condi. I imagine it would be quite civilized and intelligent. For a change. In Rice’s recent interview in Christianity Today, she comes off as quite the moderate libertarian, not that much different than Obama in many respects, but enough to make a difference in the eyes of the voters. Is Rice testing the political waters with this interview? It would be interesting to see a poll taken with Rice’s name thrown in.
“Americans are quite good, actually, at finding a way to deal with these extremely divisive and difficult moral issues. And it’s not that I’m a relativist. It’s not that I believe everybody has their own morality. But I do understand that there are different ways of thinking about how these issues are going to play out in people’s lives, and I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt in governing their own lives.” – Condaleezza Rice