cmk: An educated gamble by Hillary. Kaine is considered to be a moderate Dem (is there such a thing? I though it was left, far left, and extreme far left). She's hoping he helps her in Virginia and picks off some independents and moderates elsewhere. She's calculating that any dissatisfaction the most liberal elements of the party have over the pick will subside by November and they will all come home to vote for her. I just don't think it matters. It's great talk show fodder, and they do have one important debate, but in the end, people vote for President, not VP.