To use a phrase I've used before, the Condi Veep Rumor sideshow tent has exploded! Fun! Great job changing the subject, Bill Kristol and Matt Drudge. So far the reactions have been divided between scepticism and meanypants. Some samples:
- Bryan Fischer is NOT impressed, but sees the logic in the choice: "Gov. Romney himself would be tickled pink with Rice, since she shares his near-absolute lack of conviction on moral values" and then characterized the Drudge "leak" as "a trial balloon that needs to be shot out of the sky." That Bryan!
- Over at The American Conservative, Daniel Larison calls Condi an "uniquely poor V.P. choice," hilariously, but then does a brilliant job summing up why:
Rice did a lousy job as National Security Adviser and Secretary of State, and she has the unusual distinction of being distrusted and disliked by many neoconservatives, most realists, and all non-interventionists in almost equal measure. She is closely associated with an administration that was widely regarded as incompetent in the conduct of foreign policy, and she helped to craft one of the least successful foreign policy records of any postwar administration. Those are her qualifications in the area in which she is considered an expert. On everything else, her policy views are either out of step with the majority of her party or unknown, and she has never run for office at any level. Romney certainly needs someone to make up for his lack of foreign policy experience and knowledge, but Rice would be one of the worst conceivable people to have in that role.
- At the National Review, meanwhile, Ramesh Ponnuru probably doesn't realize just how accurate he is when he points out that Condi's "in a no man's land in the Republican Party."
- Juan Williams, who is, of course, an idiot with the political convictions of a bicycle pump, says, "Let the Condimania begin!" and who am I to argue? But then, ha ha, he goes ahead and says really dumb things like "Rice has a strong political spine." LOLWUT?
- Talk about damning: Sarah Palin thinks Veep Condi would be "wonderful." That basically takes care of that.
- ABC News scored some fresh denials from Team Condi. DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM. They are haters who want to kill fun.
- Business Insider loves Rice-a-Romney "Because everybody loves Condi Rice." And they think that because ever since they read the Drudge headline, all the people at Business Insider have been huddled under their desks, masturbating furiously, so they haven't seen all of the other reactions to the story.
- The Susan B. Anthony chicks are all, like, oh, HELL (get it?) no.
- The Christian Science Monitor thinks the whole thing is a pathetic stunt to make the Romney campaign appear to be interesting. Wow, if they think he's boring now, just wait until he selects Tim Pawlenty!
- Alex Koppelman at the New Yorker agrees that the whole thing was a diversionary stunt intentionally perpetrated by the Romney campaign, calls the idea "laughable."
- Ron Paul told The Hill that his throbbing teen fanbase would be all, like, ewwwwww over Condi.
- I actually agree with Erick Erickson, (a disturbing feeling) who says, "I don’t even think this is a serious leak from Team Romney. It’s just silly."
By the way, I added a "Condi Veep Rumors" topic tag (click below) so that you can relive the whole magical history of years of inaccurate Condi Veep Rumors!