If Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination, the party establishment is expected to revolt wildly and throw the party into an all out battle ahead of a bitterly contested convention.
Operatives at the national level are coming to the same realization: that there is a singular figure who is both electorally viable and capable of vigorously defending the policies of George W. Bush, and thereby capable of saving the Bush family legacy.
That person is former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
With the Middle East inflamed with instability; a renewed rivalry with Russia; an unbearable trade deficit with China; and an American military in need of renewal; a Rice campaign would allow a chief architect of neo-conservative to deliver a robust defense of American foreign policy and a scathing critic of the Obama administration’s departure from Bush era policies.
The great debate of recent years has been between those who think that America has an exceptional role in the world — to provide for global security, postured to protect free markets and free people — and those who think we should withdraw from our post-WWII forward posture into an isolationist posture.
Dr. Rice has more foreign policy experience than any other presidential contender. She is more battle hardened by media attacks than nearly any figure in the last 20 years. Her name recognition is pervasive and her competence is unquestioned. Sure, there is the Bush-era baggage, but in concise and compelling narratives she can make the best case for American leadership around the world — a bold articulation of the case for American leadership:
Dr. Rice can retort even the most relentlessly liberal and antagonistic interviews with expert depth, fluid poise, and brilliant insights. The media would have no ability to slander her as unqualified in the way that Governor Sarah Palin was treated in 2008.
The Katie Courics and talking heads of the cable news can’t compete with Rice in a conversation. Rice is far too brilliant with a depth of expertise that makes “gotcha politics” very hard to play for reporters who are simply not of her intellectual caliber:
She is equally as capable of debunking foreign policy criticisms on the libertarian flank of the GOP. She swiftly puts libertarian icon Ron Paul in his place during this House Foreign Affairs committee hearing:
Hillary Clinton, it is presumed, will be the inevitable Democrat nominee, which will make for great contrasts. Clinton is weak on foreign policy, given her handling of Benghazi and the Obama Administration’s horrid handling of foreign affairs. On Afghanistan, Iraq, Lybia, Syria, Russia, and in the South China Sea, the Obama-Clinton record has been disastrous for American interests.
With a solid team of political advisers and media production experts, imagine the campaign commercials that could inspire a nation. Take an amazing leader and add a dash of Oprah-style cinematography, and imagine the campaign she could run: