BY MARY ANNA TOWLER
Michael Tomasky’s article on the Daily Beast this morning offers a good bit of insight (OK: insight from a liberal’s viewpoint) into the challenge Mitt Romney is facing as he tries to pick a vice presidential candidate.
Romney’s problem, says Tomasky, is that he has to pick someone who’ll reassure the Republican Party’s conservative base. Ideally, suggests Tomasky, the VP pick would be an open, ardent evangelical “or a fellow traveler.”
But Romney also has to pick someone who is qualified to serve as president. And the list of people who meet all of those criteria is very thin, says Tomasky.
Tomasky runs through the list of people said to be under consideration, details their problems, and comes up with an interesting name of his own: someone isn’t on the list of potentials but who does indeed meet most of the criteria (I’m not sure about this one being qualified to serve, but Tomasky seems to be).
There’s plenty more, and it’s a fun read.