A bunch of links on something that won’t happen

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

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • 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.