Why A Veep Matters

by Patrick Appel

Just under 15 percent of presidents have died in office:

I think the typical party (and chattering class) goals — pick a person who “balances” the ticket, or adds some geographic pull, or shakes up the narrative — are wrongly forwarded over the more basic idea of picking someone who would be a competent President and a compelling leader for the party and its ideological goals  if they were at the top of the ticket. Because there’s a serious chance — much higher than most people assign at any rate — of them actually being the President at some point in the following eight years.