‘Veepstakes’: Brief history of vice-presidential vetting

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks in Shawano, Wis., Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)These are dull days for political junkies. At minimum, Mitt Romney is more than a month away from wrapping up the Republican nomination, but the drama of the GOP primary has evaporated. Pundits and observers need to chew on some morsel of intrigue as Romney works to jettison the “presumptive” tag. And so the veepstakes chatter has begun. The vice-presidential selection process has long been one of Washington’s favorite parlor games. But in the post-Palin era, the process has taken on added weight. …

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