I'm not *suprised* the Dems lumped candidates into buckets based solely on race and gender, rather than perhaps QUALIFICATIONS FOR JOB, but I do find it interesting and illustrative
The concern trolling is adorable but misplaced.
All this shows is that one guy grouped people based on the obvious political signalling implications of each pick, which is pretty much the main effect of a VP pick in the general election. There's no reason they would have gone forward with an unqualified candidate based solely on gender (such as certain nominees named McCain).
I would hope that if someone like Paul Ryan was making the list his categories would be something like:
Executive Experience (govt)
Executive Experience (private sector)
Foreign Policy Experience
I would hope I get a T-Rex for my birthday. I think I have a better than you.
Paul Ryan would choose his pick the same way every other nominee does, to balance the ticket and improve his general election chances. Qualifications matter only if they pass a minimum bar, after that no one really cares.
McCain chose Palin because he needed a wildcard to beat Obama (he forgot about making sure she was over the minimum bar).
Obama chose Biden to be a safe white guy with lots of experience to balance the cool black guy with relatively little experience.
Romney chose Ryan because Ryan was respected by the Tea Party (which was very dubious of Romney).
Trump chose Pence to reassure the GOP that Trump would be under adult supervision.
In 2020 Ryan is liable to choose someone like Marco Rubio, a Hispanic who can repair some of the damage done by Trump and start flipping some culturally conservative Hispanics to the Republican column.