Why Kerry had to pick Edwards
Saletan's take at Slate: Kerry wanted Gephardt, but logic dictated he choose the best salesman, Edwards, to sell his product: himself.
That's the most important thing Kerry revealed today: He understands that the election is about more than what he wants. Sometimes the biggest thing you can do is to accept what's bigger than you.
Paul Green made a good comment on WGN radio this morning: Edwards doesn't make southern states any more winnable for Kerry, but his presence forces Bush and Cheney to spend time in the South that they'd rather spend elsewhere.
Green also noted that if Kerry-Edwards were a marriage, they've yet to consummate the vows. They announced the ticket yesterday morning, but we still haven't seen them together holding hands.