Condoleezza Rice Will Not Run for Vice President No Matter How Much We Beg and Plead

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Mitt Romney and all of his rich Republican friends got together this past weekend in Utah to pal around and talk about the things rich people talk about. (Horses, horses, horses!) At this gathering, Condoleezza Rice gave a speech that very much impressed all of the big wigs, and immediately everyone was desperate for her to be Mittens' pick for Vice President. So what exactly did she say to whip everyone into a Condi frenzy? She explained to Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning:

I also talked about the essence of America, and I think perhaps that is what people resonated with, that this is a country in which people really believe that it doesn't matter where you came from, it matters where you're going and that we really need to concentrate on rebuilding our strengths as a country of immigrants, a country where it doesn't really matter your zip code so that you can get a good education, and the need to really pay attention to those strengths so that we can lead from an internal strength at home.


Whoa, really? When was the last time a bunch of Republicans got a tingle up their leg because somebody talked about the importance of immigration and public education? Anyway, despite their desperate, lusty cries that she join the ticket, Ms. Rice says it's a no-go: "There is no way that I will do this." She added, "Charlie, I didn't run for student council president. I don't see myself in any way in elected office." And in case there was even a tiny shred of doubt left in our minds, there's this:

I'm saying there is no way that I will do this, because it's really not me. I know my strengths, and governor Romney needs to find someone who wants to run with him.

Therein lies the trick. Who does want to join Mitt as co-captain of the U.S.S. Flip-Flop? No matter what, it's probably for the best that Condoleezza is not a willing VP. For one thing, [insert any decision from the Bush Administration here]. And for another, she doesn't even meet the number one qualification for being a Romney VIP: she's not an "incredibly boring white guy."

Condoleezza Rice says "no way" to VP for Romney [CBS]