Drudge is reporting she's near the top of the list. I've blogged on the Condi speculation twice, earlier this week. I would find this dumbfounding. Mitt Romney has been ultra safe in his campaign so far. On the Romney scale of risky, I considered Bobby Jindal about a 14 and Paul Ryan about an 11. Condi Rice would be about a 127.
I find it tremendously difficult to believe, but just for entertainment, let's say this is true. The obvious question: why? Yes she's qualified, there is no denying that. But what makes her a better pick than Rubio, Ryan, Jindal or even Christie(I've scratched him off the list due to his temper)? I see five possibilities:
1) Foreign policy chops
2) She's a woman
3) She's black
4) both two and three
5) all of the above
Then there's the one HUGE problem I see with this pick: it immediately allows President Obama to run against George W. Bush. That's the same matchup that allowed him to defeat John McCain. It'll be "Bush's fault" on steroids. The sub-title for the Tea Party Movement is "The post-Bush era." I am a HUGE Condi fan. But for Romney to make what is essentially a foreign policy pick when he's built his campaign around "it's still the economy stupid," smacks of desperation.