Presidential campaigns are no longer just about the "boring white guys" running for office -- they're also an American Idol-style tryout for the aspiring media stars of the candidate's families. This holds especially true for daughters of Republicans, especially if they're blonde. Jenna Bush is now an NBC correspondent. The 2008 election gave us two Republican daughter stars: Meghan McCain, a Daily Beast columnist and MSNBC correspondent, and Bristol Palin, who starred in multiple reality shows and made $262,500 talking about abstinence for the Candie's Foundation. The 2012 Republican primary brought us three more: The Huntsman girls, who blog for the Huffington Post, commentate for CNN, and flirt with people on Twitter. And so as Mitt Romney's campaign tries to figure out which running mate would help him most -- Bob McDonnell has a high approval rating, Marco Rubio a huge Twitter following -- we suggest they take just a moment to consider the ripple effects of that choice. We could be seeing the side-effects of Romney's choice in cable news for years to come.
Veep candidate: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
Potentially glamorous offspring: Three McDonnells have three daughters, Jeanine, Rachel, and Cailin. McDonnell's wife's official biography notes that Jeanine "is a graduate of Notre Dame and recently completed a tour of duty in Iraq as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army." That indicates two things: One, the McDonnells don't mind making their family life public. Two, that Jeanine is a cool ass-kicking hero daughter -- perfect for magazine profiles. Jeanine (pictured top left) campaigned with her dad in 2009, and The Washington Post noted she was "well-spoken" and that she "wowed crowds and political pundits with her poise and energy." The younger two daughters (shown lower left) have political potential as well. (Photos via YouTube and Associated Press.)