On Picking an Unprepared Vice-President
As aides to
So much for the cliche of most presidential nominees that they're looking for someone "ready from day one" to assume the presidency if fate so dictated. Never mind that; Culvahouse wrote that Palin wouldn't be ready to become vice president then, whatever that might entail.
The chief McCain vetter added that he told McCain he rated Palin's selection as "high risk, high reward," but indicated that judgment was not based on her governing ability. He acknowledged that she was not on the list of the original, carefully examined prospects for the nomination. Instead, she was "catapulted into contention by the campaign's calculus that a woman would broaden the ticket's appeal."
As a result, Culvahouse wrote, the vetting team "packed eight weeks of research into less than one" on the background and record of the
Although there has not been much speculation in the current campaign that Romney has reached any such point of dice-rolling, his lagging support among women in the most prominent public-opinion polls raises the possibility that he could yet choose a woman. A few, like Govs.
Culvahouse's candid admission that politics rather than qualification to serve in high national office was a key factor underscores how a key element in considering any running mate remains what he or she may bring in electoral strength to a ticket.
The four vice presidents most involved in the serious work of their administration over the last 36 years have been
In all four of these vice-presidential cases, what was perhaps the most decisive element in the roles they have played has been their compatibility not only with the policy objectives of the presidents under whom they have served but also close personal relations with them.
The only female running mate before Palin, Rep.
So all the evidence before Romney as he makes his choice of a sidekick on the 2012 Republican ticket seems to minimize the notion that it will seriously affect the outcome of the November election. The only "calculus" he should consider is not on which individual will help him win, but rather which one will best help him to govern if he does win.
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