Mitt Romney needs a lot of things to happen and a lot of stars to align for him to become the President of the United States.  But of all the items on that ever-growing list, there’s an intangible, yet important, one he just hasn’t been able to check off — enthusiasm. The members of his party who are finally getting on board and announcing their endorsements are still doing so somewhat half-heartedly, and that’s the kiss of death in this age of like-ability politics.

He’s gained a little ground as a result of the ginned up “mommy wars 2012” scenario, but when it comes to convincing power players in his own party that they should jump up and down and have a little party of excitement over the Republican who could take back the White House, there is a serious enthusiasm gap.

Romney is the ” I wanted a jelly doughnut, but I settled for a piece of whole grain toast” candidate.

Could the right vice presidential pick help him out with that? I’ve been thinking a lot about who the perfect choice would be for him. Part of me says he’s going to go the way of George H.W. Bush and choose someone who’s similar to himself and safe, someone who won’t challenge his authority or outshine his candidacy — a Dan Quayle 2.0 perhaps? But recently a name has popped that could be the perfect choice — a true insider with major gravitas who, at least publicly, has expressed no interest in seeking elective office in her own right.

Can you say ‘Condoleezza Rice?’

Just think about it for a minute — she brings the Bush family stamp of approval, she’s been the National Security Advisor and Secretary of State to George W. Bush, she knows Washington like the back of her hand, no one would dare compare her to Sarah Palin, and I bet she still owns that condo in the Watergate! Not to mention the fact that she’d bring the diversity card to the Romney campaign, something he’s going to need desperately if you believe the current polls.

But would she do it?  She’s gone back to Stanford University to teach political science, but she’s also hanging out at the business school there and is the director of its Global Center for Business and the Economy. Not too shabby of a resume point for a presidential candidate to consider when he’s running on making the economy better.

I think Rice is just the VP who would putt Romney in the Oval Office. And she might just say yes to a VP run.  That is,unless she’s holding out for her own presidential run in 2016.