According to multiple sources, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been rumored to be Mitt Romney's choice for a running mate in the 2012 presidential race. The Republican nominee is slated to announce his choice later this week. Rice, who has previously stated that she has no interest in the position, would undoubtedly provide a boost to Romney's underwhelming campaign.

While Rice is obviously exponentially — Yes. Exponentially — more qualified for this role than Sarah Palin was (and will ever be), this does seem like a similarly out-of-left-field move by a person desperately searching for a straw, any straw, of excitement.