“We want someone who conservatives recognize as one of their own, not some nominal Republican who the news media thinks of as a conservative because he or she has an “R” for Republican beside their name. “And that describes the pro-choice Condoleeza Rice all too well.Of course, historically NeoCon has meant social conservative, i.e. Bill Bennett, Gary Bauer, Charles Krauthammer, George Will, Bill Kristol, et.al. Continuing:
“But that’s exactly the problem. Surrounded as he is by establishment Republicans from the Bush era, Governor Romney doesn’t seem to grasp that the Republican defeats of 2006 and 2008, and the Tea Party rebellion of 2010, were in some measure caused by the policies Condoleeza Rice advocated and carried out on behalf of George W. Bush. “Condoleeza Rice is no movement conservative. Given her association with some of the worst neo-con inspired policies of the Bush era, putting Condoleeza Rice at the top of the VP short list is an insult to the conservatives, Tea Partiers, and independents that are looking for a break with the old establishment Republican Washington that Rice represents.Editor's note - Rice once called herself a "essentially a libertarian" on abortion. Silly us, we always thought NeoCons were from the socially conservative wing of the Party.