Last week, I receive another eblast from the Conservative Action Fund, headed by Shaun McCutcheon, making the plea for Condoleezza Rice to run for US Senate in California:
What conservative, what Republican in the Golden State would not want her to run? One poll showed her ahead of Kamala Harris, and that was before Sanchez entered the race.
She is tough, strong, conveys competence while creating consensus.
She is a minority with moderate views on otherwise divisive social issues. She would be a great candidate, a rallying figure for Republicans in a state which could swing to the right Presidential candidate, with the proper messaging and strong ground game.
Some of the comments in the eblast were noteworthy and inspiring:
California liberals are tearing themselves apart over the wide-open Senate race in 2016...
...and Conservatives like you and me must strike while the iron's hot!
State Attorney General Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez -- both left-wing radicals who are obsessed with identity politics -- are already taking swipes at one another in what promises to be a nasty and drawn-out race.
Indeed, political divisions like the rift between Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez could open up an opportunity for a Republican candidate.
There is only one problem: the voter registration so far favors Democratic contenders, and in a statewide race during a Presidential year, the turnout could favor boosting both Democrats into the Top Two for the general election.
The Conservative Action Fund knows this is a prime opportunity to draft a well-qualified, widely-popular Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate, and that's why we launched our "Draft Condoleezza Rice for Senate" petition earlier this year.
The response has been absolutely tremendous!
Thousands of Conservatives have already signed our "Draft Condi!" petition. Will you?
What motivates these eblast, and where does the money go?
This fund is taking in money to promote conservative candidates across the country. Fine.
I will not be donating to the fund, since I can donate to any candidate I want to, directly.
Still, I signed the petition. I would like Condi to run for US Senate. The eblast then listened where California has been, and why Condi would be a great candidate for the seat:
For decades, radical left-wing liberals Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have held both Senate seats in California.
But Barbara Boxer's recent announcement that she will not seek re-election in 2016 gives Republicans - and especially Conservatives! - an opportunity to "win one for the Gipper" in his own home state.
Condoleezza Rice is the perfect candidate for the job.
During the fall of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, she served as a special assistant to President George H.W. Bush, overseeing German reunification and briefing the president on events which led to the collapse of what Ronald Reagan called "the Evil Empire."
Her foreign policy experience is impeccable. No matter what anyone may say about Iraq, or the ongoing chaos erupting in the region, no one can dispute that Rice's integrity and focus during her tenure as National Security Advisor then Secretary of State preserved stability and growth in a volatile region of the world.
President George H.W. Bush introduced her to former Mikhail Gorbachev as the one who told him "everything [he knew] about the Soviet Union."
Condi's experience and knowledge about the Soviet Union would be a tremendous resource in the Senate as the U.S. grapples with Vladimir Putin's Russia.
Yes, it would, and her stiff resolve in the US Senate, where she faced off against Barbara Boxer, who impugned her integrity, would be a gratifying improvement for Californians looking for leadership and direction.
She later became Provost at Stanford, where she eliminated a $20 million deficit and left the university with an historic $14.5 million surplus!
The above information was new for me. I had no idea that she brought not only proper but beneficial; financial management to Stanford University. A private institution with a rigorous, free-market background, Rice could bring her prior foreign and financial experience to the upper chamber.
After her conservative tenure at Stanford, she was selected to serve as President George W. Bush's National Security Advisor from 2001 to 2005 and then Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009.
It's clear that - now more than ever - we must support principled leaders who can make tough decisions in Washington.
Condi made those tough decisions, first as President George H.W. Bush's special assistant, then as Provost at Stanford, and finally as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.
It's time for her to help Senate Republicans make tough decisions in Washington.
And the good news is, a poll out earlier this year showed Condoleezza Rice leading a crowded field of 18 potential candidates!
With both liberal Attorney General Kamala Harris and Rep. Loretta Sanchez already going at each other, it's time to inject some much-needed conservative firepower into this race.
Please sign the Conservative Action Fund's "Draft Condi!" petition, so we can pressure Condoleezza Rice to throw her hat into the ring and finally put California back in play for Conservatives.
Pressure Condi Rice? The Conservative Action Fund wants Rice to run precisely because of her unwavering resolve. If she responded to popular pressure to run, what would people say about her individual integrity not to run?
I had already received her response through an intermediary, and she affirmed that she had no interest in running for office. I sent this post to McCutcheon, and still these eblasts.
Here is the dilemma conservatives face when guessing and dreaming about the ideal candidate to run for office, and the hard realities of campaigning. We can hope and dream all we want to, but ultimately campaigns for political office require a person, flesh and blood, to make a huge commitment in terms of time, energy, and resources.
More importantly, that individual has to want to. So far, Condi does not want to, and the core trait which engages people to want her to run, is the same trait which should induce people to leave her alone.
Just as sports fans love to run scenarios to dress up their star line-up, so too armchair political consultants can fantasize about superstar political match-ups between this or that candidate. Yet at the end of the inside end-games, someone needs to run for office, with a platform of values and view toward a better future.
Someone has to put one foot in front of the other, yet heed this calling because they choose to. Someone has to choose, and leadership is about making choices, regardless of public pressure or private interest.
With these elements in mind, what purpose do these "Draft Condi" or "Draft This Person" eblasts really have?