Condoleezza Rice is an extraordinarily accomplished woman: born in the segregated South, she grew up to be a superb concert pianist and trained figure skater who went on to become a Soviet expert, earn a doctorate, become a professor and provost of Stanford University, and then National Security Adviser and later, Secretary of State. She is a brilliant and elegant woman of high achievement.
It's no wonder, then, that there have been constant rumblings about the possibility of the eventual Republican presidential candidate choosing her as his running mate. A dazzlingly smart, black, Republican woman? Condi fits the bill of an ideal Vice Presidential candidate.
There are, however two problems. One, Condi has zero interest in elective office. She has always served in appointed offices at the pleasure of the President. She has never sought elective office, and she's not about to start now. As she told Fox News this morning, there's no way she's running for anything:
The next Republican president will want to turn the page, much as Obama did in 2008 when he turned the page away from Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and moved his party into the 21st century. The GOP nominee will want to do the same thing, which would be impossible with such a major 20th century figure on the ticket.
Look for the nominee to look to the future and choose a VP candidate from the bumper crop of outstanding young Republicans out there: Senator Marco Rubio, Congressman Allen West, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. They may be in the fire now, but they are unburdened by the past. They represent the future. That will be the direction of the GOP nominee---at least that will be the direction of the nominee if he wants to win.