I was reading this article about the possible VPs for Obama and McCain. This paragraph caught my eye.
But it is calculated and does provide a chance for the candidates and their aides to assess how they and their prospective running mates look as a ticket, in the newspaper photographs and television images these events are producing. That is no small thing, as could arguably be seen in Bayh's eyes last week as he cast a vice-presidential gaze at Obama.
This reminds me of twittering high school girls trying to decide who to go to prom with based on who looks best in a tux. Are we really this shallow as a nation? What has happened to ideals and character and who people are on the inside?