While pundits stoke the frenzy around potential vice-presidential candidates, they rarely see what actually happens behind the campaign curtain. In Men's Vogue, Lloyd Grove offers six maxims to help make sense of the "veepstakes" hype:
- Presidential hopefuls seek input from several quarters to curry favor, though most of it is for show.
- Potential VPs should have ambition, but accept playing second fiddle.
- While VP names get tossed around, candidates usually play it close to the vest.
- Lawyers often make decisive strategists in the selection process.
- Even thoroughly vetted veep prospects won't know until the last minute whether they've been picked.
- VP contenders often court their candidate with a calculated disinterest.