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To Stop Hillary, Draft Condi


I think I could get behind her. Any other thoughts?

As she tours the continent after her Senate confirmation, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is like a rock star ? her every movement, her every meeting covered by an adoring media.

America?s first black female secretary of state is doing in public what she has always done in private ? speaking frankly about America?s priorities and the realities of the post-Cold War world. As she jokes with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, loosening up his dogmatic anti-American policies, lectures Russia about freedom and warns Israel of tough decisions ahead, one thing is obvious: A star is being born.

Traveling without the entourage customary for secretaries of state, on time, mapping out in advance her first six months of travel, Rice is a new force in American politics.

As the Republican Party casts about for a viable presidential candidate in 2008 to keep Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) out of the White House, attention will inevitably focus on Rice, the woman who may stand between Clinton and the presidency.

Since Bush?s success in Iraq has laid the basis for negotiation in the Middle East, there is every prospect that Rice may preside over a diplomatic triumph in catalyzing the discussions between Sharon and Abbas. The firm American stand in Iraq will also make more likely success in Korea and Iran, all of which would add to the prestige of Rice.

The political fact is that a Rice candidacy would destroy the electoral chances of the Democratic Party by undermining its demographic base. John Kerry got 54 percent of his vote from three groups that, together, account for about a third of the American electorate: African-Americans, Hispanics and single white women. Rice would cut deeply into any Democrat?s margin among these three groups and would, most especially, deny Clinton the strong support she would otherwise receive from each of them.

Rice?s credentials for a candidacy are extensive and will grow throughout her tenure at the State Department. As former chancellor of Stanford University, she would have much in common with the pre-political careers of Woodrow Wilson and Dwight Eisenhower, presidents of Princeton and Columbia universities. Her service as national security adviser during a war and her current efforts as secretary of state demonstrate her ability to handle crises and to conduct herself with dignity and impact on the world stage.

As a social conservative and deeply religious person, she would face no bar in winning the votes of the Christian right, so crucial to winning the Republican nomination. Unlike former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani ® and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ? both of whom could probably win in November ? she would be very attractive to the pro-life, anti-gun-control, anti-affirmative-action base of the GOP.

America longs to put the period on the disgraceful chapter in our nation?s history that began when the first slave arrived at Jamestown, Va., more than 400 years ago. We also want to send a message to every girl, and every African-American or Hispanic baby, that there is no ceiling and that you can rise as far as your ability will carry you. The day Condi Rice is sworn in as president, regardless of the fate of her administration, that message and the punctuation of our history of racism will be obvious.

Of course, she isn?t running ? nor is there any indication that she is harboring thoughts of a candidacy. But as her visibility increases, so will her viability. It may just be possible to draft Condi into the race. A real presidential draft movement hasn?t happened since 1952, when Republicans urged Eisenhower to get into the race. A draft-Condi movement seems almost antiquated in this era of ambitious and self-promoting candidates, but it may well fill a deep need in the electorate to vote for someone who is running in response to a genuine call of the people.

Condi Rice is a work in progress. Her rise has been impelled by her merits and achievements rather than any efforts on her part to curry favor in the media. She is still working and still progressing. But keep your eye on this political star. It is rising and may one day be ascendant.

Morris is the author of Rewriting History, a rebuttal of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton?s (D-N.Y.) memoir, Living History.

I think that the one-two punch in '08 would be a Rudy/Condi ticket. I think they would round each other out remarkably.

Unstoppable if ya ask me.

Dick Morris is a highly overrated political hack. He has been wrong far more than right over the past six years.

As far as Rudy being nominated on to head the republican ticket,it’s not happening in this lifetime. He is far to liberal to achieve that.

Condi would be great, however I don’t think Hillary is as big a threat as some make her out to be. She must first get reelected to the Senate next year, she might get a challenge there. Then she must capture the democratic nomination, and that won’t be easy. If she gets past those two hurdles it will be difficult for her to beat any moderate republican, such as John McCain.

I don’t think there will ever be a President Hillary Clinton.

Karl Rove could not have scripted this any better. Dean will virtually insure the demise of the Democrats in 2006 and 2008.

U.S. National - AP

Dean Vows to Lead Democrats Back to Power

Thu Feb 10,12:30 AM ET U.S. National - AP

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Howard Dean (news - web sites) promised cheering supporters Wednesday night he would harness their energy to lead the Democratic Party back to power in the halls of Congress and the White House by 2008.

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Slideshow: Democratic Party

The virtually certain incoming chairman of the Democratic National Committee (news - web sites) rallied hundreds of young supporters, and a few he called “young at heart,” in a campaign-style appearance at a Washington nightspot within view of the Capitol. In his first public appearance since clinching the chairmanship, he gave a glimpse of the kind of uncompromising leadership he plans for the national party.

The Democrats “are a party of the future, while Republicans are the party of the past,” Dean said.

“We need to be proud to be Democrats,” said Dean, recalling the kind of exuberant appearances he made during 2003 when he came close to winning the Democratic presidential nomination before collapsing in early 2004 in Iowa.

“We have to never be afraid to say what we believe,” Dean said, as the crowd roared its approval. “Above all, we need to stand up for a different vision.”

On the steps of the restaurant-brewery where the event was held, he urged supporters to look behind them at the brightly lit, white dome of the Capitol.

“After 2006, we will make major strides in regaining that building, and in 2008 we’re going to have it,” Dean said. “In 2008, there will be a Democrat walking down Pennsylvania Avenue to the other end.”

Supporter Rebecca Cague watched Dean with a wistful smile.

“I feel like he is what we need to revive the party,” she said. “He’s not afraid to speak his mind; and when he does, he speaks for us.”

Dean promised to work closely with top congressional leaders such as Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and with Democratic officials at the national, state and local level.

As Dean worked up the crowd, one of his supporters shouted: “Give 'em hell, Howard!”

“I’m trying to be restrained in my new role,” Dean said with a mischievous grin. "I may be looking for a three-piece suit …

He paused and then burst out laughing.

“Fat chance!”

Dean is set to be elected party chairman Feb. 12, but was careful to assume nothing after his late collapse in the presidential race, starting phrases with “If I am elected chairman of the Democratic Party …”

All other candidates for chairman have dropped out of the race.

And Democrats have been falling in line behind Dean’s chairmanship, hoping to gain from his energy and network of supporters while restraining his tendency to get make caustic comments that sometimes stir controversy.

Sen. John Kerry (news - web sites), the party’s presidential nominee in 2004, is contributing $1 million to the Democratic National Committee to support efforts by Dean to build grass-roots support for the party at the state level.

“A new DNC chair will be elected at the end of this week,” Kerry wrote in an e-mail to 3 million supporters. “Let’s make sure he has everything he needs to start strong.”

Anyone else smile when they think about Kerry using money from our liberal pals on the forum to influence Dean to support him in 2008?

Anyone else smile when they think about how much money the liberals wasted on the recent campaign?

What did it net them?

White House: Loss

Congress: Loss

Sanity: Loss.

This is fun!!!


You give them credit for being sane to begin with.

I must say,I did indeed smile when I heard about Dean becoming the Chairman of the DNC. What the heck were they thinking?