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A bunch of links on something that won’t happen

By Josh Richman
Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 11:50 am in 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney.

Boy, Matt Drudge really got the political media world buzzing with his unsubstantiated rumor that Condoleezza Rice is on Mitt Romney’s short list of potential running mates.

She lives and works here in the Bay Area, so we had to do a story. But here’s some of what other people are saying:

“Bull shiitake mushrooms.” – Erick Erickson, RedState

“It’s not going to happen.” – Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle

“Zero chance.” – Debra Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle

“As trial balloons go, this was a fairly transparent one.” – Michael D. Shear, New York Times

“Likely answer? It’s not happening.” – Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times

“I’m not seeing any group of voters that she would automatically attract.” – Katrina Trinko, National Review Online

“Unqualified.” – Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, via Politico

“Condoleezza Rice would be a wonderful vice-president.” – Sarah Palin on CNN, via the Washington Examiner

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  • Elwood

    Boy, Drudge sure does get people’s attention, doesn’t he?

  • JohnW

    Speculation on one of the cable blab networks (MSNBC) is that this was a plant by the Romney people, with Drudge’s cooperation, to distract from all the recent Bain noise. Supposedly, one of the key Romney people is close to Drudge. During the primaries, Romney’s opponents reportedly complained of Drudge’s favoritism toward Romney.

    If there is any truth to the notion that this was a strategic plant, Rice can’t be pleased about being used in that manner. If, on the other hand, there actually is serious consideration of Rice, I see Ann Romney’s hand in that.

    Early in the primaries, Romney said during an interview that he would follow the Dick Cheney model in choosing a running mate. I interpreted that to mean somebody with lots of national government executive branch experience. Both Rice and Rob Portman would fit that description. None of the other names being floated would.