Patricia Murphy on the qualities needed and how the top names, from Rob Portman to Kelly Ayotte, stack up.
It will have to stack up against everything else the medium has to offer.
They have already heard too many explanations for British involvement in the country and none of them stack up.
c.1300, "pile, heap, or group of things," from Old Norse stakkr "haystack" (cf. Danish stak, Swedish stack "heap, stack"), from Proto-Germanic *stakkoz, from PIE *stognos- (cf. Old Church Slavonic stogu "heap," Russian stog "haystack," Lithuanian stokas "pillar"), from root *steg- "pole, stick" (see stake (n.)). Meaning "set of shelves on which books are set out" is from 1879. Used of the chimneys of factories, locomotives, etc., since 1825.