There's a process under way to pick someone to be vice-president of the US.
One candidate is "very attractive," but is young and doesn't have much experience.
A rival to that candidate moans that he would never "win a personality contest" with the young foe.
Who's the sparkling but inexperienced veep possibility? Sarah Palin?
Nope -- it's Houston's George H.W. Bush, who apparently was considered a very handsome man by Henry Kissinger and US Attorney General Elliott Richardson back when Gerald Ford was picking his V-P.
The revelations come today with the release of "a treasure trove" of transcripts of secretly taped Kissinger conversations by the National Security Archives.
On August 13, 1974, a week or so after Nixon has resigned, Richardson calls Kissinger to campaign to be Ford's vice-president.
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Richardson: How do you see the situation?
Kissinger: My impression is that [Ford] is considering, of course, Nelson [Rockefeller] -- I hear a lot of talk about George Bush and some talk about you...I am not as high on George Bush, as some others are, partly because of his lack of experience.
Richardson: He is an attractive fellow.
Kissinger: Very attractive, but to go to that age group and outlook he should look for more executive experience.
Richardson: I don't think I could win a personality contest with George Bush.
George H.W. Bush, stud muffin.
Also be sure to check out Kissinger's very odd conversation with poet Allen Ginsberg, in which Ginsberg (whose name the NSA misspells) suggests meeting naked on TV with Kissinger and Henry doesn't hang up.
-- Richard Connelly