I was looking over the long list of probable Republican presidential candidates, and I realized that none of them have any real foreign policy experience. With all that is going on and going wrong in the world today, that could be a disadvantage especially considering that the probable opponent will be ex-Secretary of State-you know who.
Of course, Hillary's tenure was marked by her visits to over 100 countries (So what?) and the debacle and subsequent cover-up of Benghazi. At least we won't have to worry about Hillary bringing back her infamous 3 o'clock in the morning ad. She had that phone call and never answered it. In a perfect world it would have disqualified her from any future political office. Unfortunately, we live in a less than perfect world, and the reality is that Hillary will be formidable. Why I don't know, but she will be.
As things stand now, I see two successful governors as the most attractive candidates- John Kasich of Ohio and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. They have the advantage of actually having run a political entity and run it well.
Still no foreign policy experience. (Marco Rubio, who I am also watching very closely, has served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In addition, of course, he brings a second language-Spanish- to the table.)
Which brings me to Condi Rice. As national security adviser and Secretary of State under George W Bush, she has that experience. In addition, she is a Russian scholar. While she has never run for any political office, her time in Washington has exposed her to the rough and tumble world of politics. There are no scandals in her background and no real baggage other than the left's opposition to her participation in Bush's foreign policies. So what? It's not like they are going to vote for any Republican.
Of course, I have no expectation that Rice would leave academia to return to the mad house in Washington. I have no idea how she would fare in debates or giving political campaign speeches. But if she did run, she would bring class and dignity to the race, not to mention a lot of pizzazz in a field dominated by establishment Republicans.
As it stands right now, I think if she did enter the race, I would choose her over the others.