Condi Gets Her Shot

She argued the hard-liners' case on Iraq. But the next Secretary of State remains an ideological puzzle

In one of the photo albums in her West Wing office, Condoleezza Rice keeps a picture of herself and President George W. Bush in a rowboat on a pond at the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Bush is standing at one end, peering over the edge at the bass in his stocked fishing hole. Rice is sitting at the other end, visibly uncomfortable. She may love talking sports with the President, but she's no fan of the water. "She can swim, but she doesn't like it," says a friend. "She and the outdoors are only on distant acquaintance."

It is a measure of Rice's success at building their relationship...

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