This is the woman who got her bachelor's degree at 19.
What I find funny is that everybody had this thought at exactly the same time. Every blog of note has a post on it about Condi and the 2008 race.
I think this is just the kind of situation that the term "presumptive nominee" was created for.
Sure she has done a great job at National Security and will probably do a great job as Sec. of State, as for running for president, I would think she would have to run for a Governor's (maybe in California) or Senate (how sweet would Condi taking out Boxer be?) Seat first to show she can win a election race and manage those politics associated with it. The way I see it is (in relation to my politcal experience or lack there of) that is she runs straight for President there will be the stigma that every office she has held she has been appointed to and never really 'earning' through votes her position. Which I see as a weakness that can be exploited.
Then again I could be wrong.
I believe having held a governorship is a strength in a Presidential candidate. I'm not so sure that having been a Senator is.
I have heard discussions of her potentially wanting to run for Governor of CA, which would be a nice idea, but would probably put off her White House ambitions for another decade.
Assuming she has them, of course.
In this day and age--and particularly for a woman--60 is not that old.
So it could certainly happen that way. And, despite all the media hand-wringing about Bush leaving office without an "heir apparent," we may get a stronger Pres. candidate without having to cope with a Veep selected for all the twisted reasons people pick Veep candidates.
I could actually see Giuliani making a strong GOP candidate in '08. And I think he'd also be a match for Hillary.
I can't think of off-hand how many Senators have gone on to become President, but the only two sitting Senators who did it were JFK and Rutherford B. Hayes (I believe). Like you I do see a inherent strength in a Governor running over a Senator the whole 1 of 100 vs. 1 of 1 theory, plus the nature of the Senate isn't quite as conducive as illustrated by the 'flip-flop' label (personally I prefer double talk to discribe Kerry).
Putting off ambitions for a decade to be a governor somewhere would make her a stronger canditate (provided she was a effective governor and doesn't flop like Davis did). I hope she does run for President at some point, she'd be good at it.
No comment on the age, I'm still waiting for lower insurance rates and car rental fees.
I agree on the Veep thing.
As for Giuliani, he would make a strong Candidate, but if eh did he would just barely win it out in the primaries, probabyl coming down to GOP primary wins in non-GOP states like NY, CA, & NJ.
That might be good, though. We need someone who qualifies in some sense as a centrist.
More of a centrist, so a moderate like Franco or Pinochet?
Condi or Rudy? Rudy or Condi? Condi. She is going to mop the floor with Hillary "Cankles" Clinton. Thought the moonbats and their continued insanity will make it relatively easy, after another 4 years of their attitudes.
Maybe. The election was awfully close. We need to be careful.
Even before this, there was already a site promoting her for President in 2008: