Rice Could Be Lone Survivor of Bush Years

Avoiding public scorn leaves open political avenues for confidante
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2008 3:29 PM CDT
Condoleezza Rice listens during a meeting between President Bush and Paraguay's President Fernando Lugo, both not pictured, at the White House, Oct. 27, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Condoleezza Rice might be the lone Bush confidante to escape with a political career intact, Marc Hujer writes in Der Spiegel, ironic because if “anyone, besides Bush …ought to be held accountable for the failings of the current administration, it is Rice.” As national security adviser then secretary of state, Rice was involved in all foreign policy decisions, yet she’s retained her popularity.

Indeed, after Hillary Clinton’s loss and Sarah Palin’s underwhelming candidacy, America might be even hungrier for a woman of Rice’s good looks and intelligence. Rice could run for governor of California or even president—if she can toss off Bush’s legacy. And she’s had experience separating herself from mentors, blasting Brent Scowcroft for unsolicited advice on the Iraq war.