By all accounts, Condoleezza Rice impressed many at the Romney pow wow (note: ABC focused on the money aspect and the Condi quote is shoe-horned in but this has been reported many places):
Many of those same attendees said the star speaker of the weekend was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who received and a standing ovation. Ambassador Charles Cobb, who served as ambassador to Iceland from 1989 to 1992, said Rice was “spectacular” and described her as a “very bright, sophisticated, articulate lady.”Not unexpected as Rice, the first African-American woman to serve as Sec State, is highly accomplished and has a strong resume. She served the country well as both National Security Advisor and her last governmental position at State.
Impressively, no books have been written talking of her poor leadership as is often seen after a Republican leaves a liberal bastion such as Foggy Bottom and her story is impressive. Serving under Reagan and Bush 43, Provost at Stanford, an accomplished musician and expert on Russian affairs.
I really want her to get the nod so I can watch her destroy a hugely over matched Joe Biden in the debates.
From a strategy standpoint, Rice is attractive, may tear away some of the African-American vote if she can explain to that particular community that has been devastated by the highest unemployment in the nation that it was Obama's policies that left them behind and shores up Romney's foreign policy credentials.
I previously touted others but Condi is getting a second look from me. The fact that she was at this event shows she's still willing to be a player and even if she's not selected would be perfect to help the Romney campaign as an advisor.