Reading significance into a speaker’s speech can be a hard task. And it can be harder if there really is no significance beyond the obvious.
But that’s not stopped some commentators delving into the meaning and significance of recent speeches by Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State. Her recent speeches in Utah and Atlanta have fueled speculation that she might be considered a suitable running mate for Presidential contender, Mitt Romney.
That’s quite a claim when you consider that her speech in Utah, to an audience of Republican party donors, was behind closed doors. No press. No video and no transcripts.
But her speech in Atlanta to an audience of personnel managers, only a few days later, was more public, there’s a recording and a helpful transcript.
Her Atlanta speech displayed her years of experience in international affairs. That might be useful in a VP for Mitt Romney. We can remember the last time that this decision was made. The world at large was introduced to Sarah Palin. What a difference a few years make.
But her speech also signaled some interest in reforms to immigration policy. That might prove to be a sticking point with Mitt Romney if Ms Rice is to be a serious contender for the role of Vice President candidate.
Whether she’s serious or not is anyone’s guess right now. But her speeches just might be a clue.