I had a conversation yesterday with a good friend of mine, who happens to think about as strategically as anyone I know. We were having a wide-ranging political conversation, one in which he informed me that the folks back home had come to be more engaged in the Presidential Election as a result of Mitt Romney's more aggressive stances vis-a-vis The President in the past few days. After a while, we started to talk about the VP slot, and I asked him who he wanted--not who he thought it would be.
Think of that...free from fear of a Conservative backlash, Romney can choose a running mate tailor made to attract voters to the ticket. As I recounted last week, two women close to me in the past few weeks--both of whom were Obama voters--told me that if Romney picked Rice, they would vote for him--without consideration of any other matter.
Rice could be a powerful force in this election, no doubt about it.