Sorry, but nerd that I am, I cannot resist the ongoing saga of who 'Boring Mitt' will choose as his running mate. Currently the American MSM is full of stories that 'Condi' Rice might be the surprise choice. She would certainly bring some foreign policy experience to the team which would be useful given Romney's lack of it. But it's what she brings to the election race which really counts. She's black and thus scuppers the more scurrilous attacks by the Dem-supporting MSM. Peggy Noonan in The WSJ puts it like this:
A public figure of obvious and nameable accomplishment whose attainments can't be taken away from her. Washington experience—she wouldn't be learning on the job. Never run for office but no political novice. An academic, but not ethereal or abstract. A woman in a year when Republicans aren't supposed to choose a woman because of what is now called the 2008 experience—so the choice would have a certain boldness. A black woman in a campaign that always threatens to take on a painful racial overlay. A foreign-policy professional acquainted with everyone who's reigned or been rising the past 20 years.
- Picking Ryan would excite and unite the party.
- By putting Ryan on the ticket, Romney would add the party’s single best spokesman on three huge issues: Obamacare, the budget, and the debt. Imagine Ryan debating Joe Biden — or Hillary Clinton.
- By adding such a heavyweight to the ticket, Romney would convey to the electorate how high the stakes are in this historic election.
- The pick would also show strength. By making it, Romney would (rightly) indicate that he’s not afraid of being overshadowed by anyone.
There is no doubt in my mind that Ryan would be an ideal choice once they were in power because he has a well-earned and formidable reputation as a man who understands economics and possesses a well-thought-out ideology to support his views. How much help that will be in the actual election, I'm not so sure. However, given the financial tsunami rapidly coming over the horizon towards America I'm not sure they can do without him.
William Kristoll at The Weekly Standard supports Ryan as the best choice but his guess, from reading the tea leaves, or I suppose, this being America, reading the coffee grounds, is that 'Condi' Rice is the likely pick.