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“Shiny Objects”: Would The Right Really Care About A Pro-Choice Running Mate?

With the Drudge Report’s bombshell scoop that Condi Rice is now the veepstakes’ front-runner — which, some pundits suspect, is just the Romney campaign’s attempt at dangling a shiny object in front of the political media in an attempt to distract from the latest Bain controversy — the first reaction of many, on the right and the left, is that Rice’s pro-choice views make her inclusion on the GOP ticket impossible. Theoretically, though, it’s not impossible. Avoiding traffic jams while driving out of the city on a summer Friday afternoon is impossible. Watching the Lion King without crying during the stampede scene is impossible. A Republican presidential candidate choosing a pro-choice VP is entirely possible.

To be sure, the right would obviously prefer an all-pro-life ticket. Why not? But if it came down to it, we can’t imagine that having a pro-choicer on the ticket would hurt Romney. The vice-president doesn’t have any influence over the direction of abortion policy in this country, and everyone knows it. Rice isn’t going to appoint justices to the Supreme Court. She’s not going to sign bills or veto them. The most she could do is cast a tie-breaking vote on some kind of abortion-related legislation, and even in that infinitesimally rare scenario, it’s hard to believe she would break with her president and her entire party.

When it came down to it, the choices before conservatives would be President Obama — your standard abortion-loving and abortion-loving-judge-appointing liberal — or Mitt Romney, a pro-lifer (although, granted, not the most trustworthy one) who will appoint pro-life judges but who happens to share a ticket with some pro-choice window dressing. You’re telling us that abortion crusaders are going to stay home on Election Day and hand the infanticide-loving president four more years in the White House because Romney declined to appoint a pro-lifer to an entirely symbolic position in his cabinet? We don’t buy it.

Look no further than Sarah Palin, perhaps the most pro-life person on the planet, for proof of how easily Rice’s pro-choiceness (which isn’t even that strong to begin with) can be overlooked. “I think that Condoleezza Rice would be a wonderful vice-president,” she said on Fox News last night, while also noting that “it’s not the vice-president that would legislate abortion.”

If even Palin — who has said that she wouldn’t even want her 14-year-old daughter to abort a baby conceived through rape — is okay with Rice being on the ticket, other pro-lifers should be fine with it too.

This is not to say that we think Romney will actually pick Rice. For one thing, he already promised that he wouldn’t. Aside from that, it really comes down to two words: Bush taint. Sorry for the mental image.

 

By: Dan Amira, Daily Intel, July 13, 2012

July 14, 2012 Posted by | Election 2012 | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dick Cheney’s Book Is Less Memoir Than Caricature

Self-reflection is not something we have come to expect in  elected officials, particularly those who have left office fairly recently. But  could former Vice President Dick Cheney have not even made the slightest effort  to convince people he didn’t deserve the “Darth Vader” moniker assigned by  his foes?

Cheney’s  memoir, written with his daughter, Liz Cheney, is so  unapologetic as to be a  caricature. One could hardly imagine that  Cheney—or even anyone from the  recently-departed Bush  administration—would suddenly decide that the war in  Iraq had been a  mistake, based on lies. But he might have acknowledged that the  basis  for going to war—even if one believes that it was an honest   misunderstanding, instead of a craven lie—turned out to be (oops!) not  true.  He chides the nation for failing to live within its means, but  fails to  consider the fiscal impact of two wars, massive tax cuts and a  huge Medicare  drug entitlement program. And his no-apology book tour  confirms the theme;  Cheney told the Today show that he  thinks waterboarding is an acceptable way for the United States to get  information out of suspected terrorists, but says he’d object if another nation  did it to a U.S. citizens.

Former  President George Bush certainly offered no apologies in his  memoir, and that’s  to be expected. But Bush wasn’t mean or angry in his  book. He even told a  rather charming story of how an African-American  staffer had brought his two  young boys to the White House during the  waning days of the presidency, and  that one of the boys had asked,  “Where’s Barack Obama?” There is  characteristically nothing kind or  charming or insightful to be found in  Cheney’s tome. Even the cover is  daunting—a grimacing Cheney inside the White  House, looking like he’s deliberately trying to scare away the tourists.

The  shot against former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is  inexcusable: Cheney  tells a story about how Rice had “tearfully”  admitted to him that she was  wrong to tell Bush that he should have  apologized for misleading the American public  about Saddam Hussein’s  alleged attempt to secure yellowcake uranium from Niger.  Whether Rice  broke down before Cheney, we may never know. But to turn an   accomplished woman like Rice into some silly, weak little girl is  unforgivable.  Agree with Rice or not. Slam her for misstating or  misreading intelligence  before and after 9-11 or not. But she is  brilliant; she has dedicated her life  to scholarship and public  service, and she deserves to be treated better.

Former  Secretary of State Colin Powell—who preceded Rice, and whom  Cheney seems to  believe was somehow hounded from office, although  Powell said he had always  intended to stay just one term—offers the  best summation: Cheney took some  “cheap shots” in the book. That’s not  the reflective mindset necessary for a  memoir.

 

By: Susan Milligan, U.S. News and World Report, August 30, 2011

August 30, 2011 Posted by | Conservatives, Dick Cheney, Foreign Policy, GOP, Homeland Security, Iraq, Middle East, National Security, Neo-Cons, Politics, President Obama, Public, Public Opinion, Republicans, Right Wing | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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