The Condi 2008 drumbeat continues
The 2008 presidential race is still a long way off, and Rice, a Republican, is only seven months into her job at the State Department. Still, there are signs that she could take a shot at two historic precedents — the first woman president and the first black.
“She is a fascinating candidate,” said Iowa State political science professor Steffen Schmidt, jumping the gun a bit. “She’s a woman, she’s conservative, she’s got a foreign policy background and she’s extremely smart.”
…On Rice2008.com a $20 donation gets you a choice of bumper stickers, including this one: “Hillary ’08? Not if Condi’s running.” At americansforrice.com, a site promoting a “draft Condi” movement, you can join an online discussion group called Team Condi.
“Condi has it all. An impeccable and impressive resume, brains, looks, artistic talent and accomplishment,” gushed a fan named Paul, writing last month on another Web log. “She cannot help but add to the ranks of black and female Republican voters, and would likely be a highly effective and popular president,” he wrote.
Unauthorized Condi hats, T-shirts, even bobblehead dolls abound on the Internet, and there is a lively discussion of a forthcoming book by Dick Morris, former political adviser to President Clinton, titled “Condi v. Hillary: The Next Great Presidential Race.”
The high-profile job and subsequent chatter about being the administration’s superstar give her name recognition that other possible GOP candidates — a few governors, several senators — crave.
Don’t you think this little bit of 9/11 testimony will turn up in ads that air over and over?
RICE: I remember very well that the president was aware that there were issues inside the United States. He talked to people about this. But I don’t remember the al Qaeda cells as being something that we were told we needed to do something about.
RICHARD BEN-VENISTE, 9/11 COMMISSION MEMBER: Isn’t it a fact, Dr. Rice, that the August 6 PDB warned against possible attacks in this country? And I ask you whether you recall the title of that PDB?
RICE: I believe the title was, “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States.”
BEN-VENISTE: Thank you.