Dear Condoleeza Rice,
Hi. How are you? I've been predicting big things for you for a while.
As soon as Colin Powell lost his job as Secretary of State, and President Bush hired you instead, I said the next step was for Dick Cheney to retire--citing his health problems or some nonsense--so the Republican party could put you into office as Vice President. This would happen right at the end of George's term, so you wouldn't have much of time to finish out. That way, critics wouldn't freak out too much.
But Republicans could show the American public you can do the job. And presuming you do alright, when the 2008 election comes around you could run again, since you already proved yourself.
Why were they even thinking way back then about the 2008 election? Because Hillary Clinton is going to run for President in 2008. And she has a shot--a tight, but nonetheless solid shot--of winning. So if you run for VP, you can take away some of the "I'm voting for Hillary because she's a woman" votes. People can vote Republican and still support feminism. And you're BLACK, so voters get to feel really progressive and cool. It's the new Enlightened Conservatism: look, Family Values and social equality all at the same time! And the racists? Unless they vote for some stupid irrelevant candidate, they'll vote Republican anyway. The racists may not like you, but they dislike the Muslims more.
Okay, so I was wrong about one thing so far: Dick Cheney isn't resigning because of his health.
President Bush says he "doesn't like the way Dick Cheny handled the situation." Okay, in real life, does W really care? No. But it's a handy, conveniently-timed scapegoat, and more reassuring to the American public than "Your leadership is too sick to go on." This whole "I'm mad you shot your friend" thing is much cleaner, much easier to market to the masses. Perfect.
Let's face facts: you got the Secretary Of State job because George W. said Colin Powell didn't do a good job of "building a consortium of support for the war in Iraq." But the war is theoretically over, and there's not any more support now than there was back in Colin Powell's day. In fact, there's less; Spain, the only main supporter, has pulled out. So you haven't even made any headway. But it doesn't matter, the American populace is bored with Iraq. And that has nothing to do with why you got the job anyway. Not really.
Because you got the job for what you can do here at home, for your Party. And it's good for you that America's not bored with Hillary, love her or hate her. Because Hillary Clinton is about to make you Vice President.
P.S.: Love your suits.