So let me get this straight -- a candidate for president might base his choice for VP at least in part on that person's electoral strengths in strategic regions? No shit? Not that it's guaranteed to work; John Edwards couldn't even carry his home state in '04, and the less said about Lieberman as veep candidate in 2000, the better (not to mention that Gore couldn't carry his own home state, which would have given him an unquestioned victory).
Kaine seems like a head-fake choice anyway; he'd bring Virginia but is virtually unknown outside that state, and is probably too close in age to Obama to provide sufficient contrast to downplay the usual "lack of experience" charges. If I were putting money down on an Intrade pick or some such thing, I'd bet that Evan Bayh gets the nod, which would be at least as strategic a pick as Kaine, and with better "serious" imperial management cred, which apparently does not apply to the angry coot who thinks Iraq and Pakistan share a border.
This mindless kabuki where a mendacious chump such as Rove is still being welcomed on "serious" shows to discuss "serious" policy issues, as if his career of enabling death and destruction and failure shouldn't automatically eliminate him from such considerations -- and they say the bloggerses are incivil and offensive. Time to start a new dictionary.