Enjoying the attention?

It’s not just Dick Morris who would love to see Condi run for president—a good chunk of the Washington press corps would too. What a story to cover! Race, gender, history all rolled into one. Most of us, though, accept that it is just too much of a stretch to make the presidency the first ...

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It's not just Dick Morris who would love to see Condi run for president—a good chunk of the Washington press corps would too. What a story to cover! Race, gender, history all rolled into one. Most of us, though, accept that it is just too much of a stretch to make the presidency the first office you ever run for. Even Tim Russert has stopped asking her about it.

Every time the excitement dies down, though, Rice does something to make you think maybe, just maybe, she's thinking about it. Just a few weeks ago, there came the humanizing story that she'd been cheering on American Idol's Taylor Hicks and that she wanted to personally congratulate him. Now call me a cynic, but American Idol doesn't instantly strike one as must-see TV for an accomplished classical pianist. Today brings word from The Hotline that the secretary of state is planning to speak to the Southern Baptist Convention next week. Now, why would she be doing that?

One could be forgiven for thinking that Condi relishes the speculation.   

It’s not just Dick Morris who would love to see Condi run for president—a good chunk of the Washington press corps would too. What a story to cover! Race, gender, history all rolled into one. Most of us, though, accept that it is just too much of a stretch to make the presidency the first office you ever run for. Even Tim Russert has stopped asking her about it.

Every time the excitement dies down, though, Rice does something to make you think maybe, just maybe, she’s thinking about it. Just a few weeks ago, there came the humanizing story that she’d been cheering on American Idol‘s Taylor Hicks and that she wanted to personally congratulate him. Now call me a cynic, but American Idol doesn’t instantly strike one as must-see TV for an accomplished classical pianist. Today brings word from The Hotline that the secretary of state is planning to speak to the Southern Baptist Convention next week. Now, why would she be doing that?

One could be forgiven for thinking that Condi relishes the speculation.   

James Forsyth is assistant editor at Foreign Policy.

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