Romney's VP Should Be FedEx's Fred Smith
With that out of the way, let me elaborate.
Aside from the basic ideological differences, Mitt Romney brings two things to the party to differentiate against Obama:
1. Romney is experienced in general. Romney's resume may not match Ross Perot or George H.W. Bush in terms of some attempt at an objective measure of overall breath and degree of accomplishment, but he's close. Romney's resume spans finance, project management and governance of one of our original 13 states, across several decades.
Let's face it: That puts Romney in the top 0.00001% of people most qualified to be president, all other things equal.
In comparison, President Obama has, at best, a mediocre resume. Before stumbling into the presidency, he had stumbled into the Senate, preceded by some political hack appointments in notoriously corrupt Chicago. Before that, he was a guest lecturer in law and a general ACORN-style rabble-rouser.
As witnessed by the Titanic-like performance of Obamacare in the lower courts, and most recently in front of The Supreme Court, there is no trace of Obama learning anything about law while in law school or as a leftist lawyer hack. Obama somehow made it to become Editor of The Harvard Law Review , which may be his only significant non-political accomplishment, but there are no papers or articles he wrote in order to deserve this appointment. Can someone please make public any of the stuff Obama wrote in the 1980s and early 1990s?
2. Romney has significant experience in the for-profit private sector, particularly in finance. The U.S. has not been confronted with a presidential candidate so experienced and accomplished in at least two generations, perhaps more. With the U.S. on the brink of a massive financial collapse, turning us into Greece or worse, Romney has the ideal resume to rise to this challenge.
Obama? There is no evidence that Obama took, passed or excelled in Economics 101 and 201. Obama never ran so much as a lemonade stand.
Obama never signed the front of a paycheck. Heck, he never held a legitimate for-profit job. You have to look hard and long to find someone less suitable in our society to hold public office -- let alone the U.S. presidency -- than Barack Obama. Sad, but objectively true.
Narrowing the Field
So what does this tell us about Romney's VP selection? Two things:
1. Romney can't pick someone very significantly younger than himself. The reason many people will vote for Romney is that he is the mature, experienced adult in the room.