I was about equally annoyed and impressed with Kerry’s elaborate head-fake toward Gephardt. He did manage to milk some surprise out of what would otherwise have been the obvious choice. Not necessarily the best choice: I would have preferred a Southerner with some gray hair and some national-security creditials: Clark, Graham, or Nunn.
Still, the choice of the obviously smart and charismatic Edwards over the obviously dull and shopworn Gephardt says good things about Kerry. First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.