It doesn't take much to deduce that this is in part a ploy to draw the disaffected Clinton supporters. To me though the most remarkable thing about this is which of the strategies McCain chose to follow in selecting the person who will be the a heartbeat or a trigger pull away from being leader of the free world. He appears to have gone what I'll call the Dan Quale Route. He's picked a running mate who is not known to have any serious handicaps, skeletons in the closet, and who's greatest contribution will be a failure to distract from the number one slot. This is the direct opposite of the Cheney Route which is bringing in a heavy hitter to beef up flimsy credentials. Interestingly, this leaves McCain open to attacks on his less than stellar reputation on domestic issues.