Condi for president?

By Tim Grieve

Published February 10, 2005 4:18PM (EST)

We have some questions for Condoleezza Rice. Dick Morris has a plan for her.

The former political advisor and author of the anti-Hillary tome "Rewriting History" is calling on Republicans to draft Rice for a run at the White House. Morris says George Bush's "success in Iraq has laid the basis for negotiation in the Middle East," and he believes that Rice is poised to reap the political benefits of any progress there. Morris adds: "The firm American stand in Iraq will also make more likely success in Korea and Iran, all of which would add to the prestige of Rice."

Morris wrote before North Korea announced that it is building nuclear weapons. But no matter. Morris thinks Rice has it all -- she's a Christian, she's a woman, and she's black. "The political fact is that a Rice candidacy would destroy the electoral chances of the Democratic Party by undermining its demographic base," Morris explains. "Keep your eye on this political star. It is rising and may one day be ascendant."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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