While McCain and Obama are considering vice presidential candidates, columnist Al Kamen argues that they should also be thinking about the key position of transition director. “The personnel chief needs to be someone who’s working ‘totally below the radar,’ said Colby College professor G. Calvin Mackenzie, ‘otherwise he becomes a magnet for resumes.’ The best pick would be ‘not a political person,’ but someone who ‘knows government, the pitfalls, the ethics,’ and someone who can answer ‘what are the key positions for our constituencies that we’re going to get a lot of pressure on. Vacuum invites all kinds of pressure.’ Not to mention lengthy infighting.”