In the October issue of Time magazine, Joe Klein, a Time correspondent who tries to act as if he truly is in the middle of the political arena, discusses Barack Obama, "a political rocket and potential presidential contender", as a possible choice for President of the United States. Why? Because he is popular, black, and democrat. My take on the issue is quite different...
I say let Condi run. Or even better, pull J.C. Watts out of political retirement and let him have a go at it. If any political party needs to put a black president in the Oval Office, it should be the party that does not discriminate on the basis of economic or racial background. The worst thing that has ever happened to Americans of color was the Democratic Party. No one has been more intent on keeping minority Americans in the minority than the democrats. No other party fosters generational dependence on social programs, government aide, and many other societal crutches.
The ideal setting is to give Condi a shot at the V.P. position. The republicans would garner all of the moderate democratic black votes, and all the moderate woman’s libbers who just want to see a black woman in a position of power. After four or eight years, after everyone loves her and the nation has warmed up to the idea of a woman president just a little more, let her run for office. The Republican Party would be killing two birds with one stone- being the first party to put a woman in the V.P. slot and the Presidential seat while also electing the first black American to the office.
This plan would work because democrats, as a whole, are uncommitted. (Unless you are talking about the really crazy ones that actually believe we came from monkeys and that trees should rule the Earth.) Democrats are relatively easy to sway. Most of them have no idea why they believe what they believe. They believe how they do because someone who has thought so hard that they lost their mind has told them they should. Republicans are usually straight ticket voters. (Sometimes not a good thing, I will admit.) Many of them have very strong beliefs and don't change them depending on the economy or how the world views our country.
No matter how you look at it, it would be a win-win situation.