The former secretary of state would offer both gender and racial balance to a Romney ticket. She also would offer Romney expertise where he is lacking: foreign affairs. And her work at Stanford University and its conservative Hoover Institution could also be enticing to some conservatives.
But her involvement in Bush administration war policies both as national security adviser and then as head of the State Department could resurrect criticism of those policies. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, in his recent memoir, also belittled her.