The presidential race kicks into high gear today with Sen. Kerry’s choice of Sen. John Edwards as a running mate. In the long run, I don’t think Edwards will help Kerry—Edwards, after all, has much more charisma and makes Kerry’s persona seem even more sleepy and drab. I can’t remember the last time someone chose a VP running mate with the potential to be higher profile than the presidential candidate himself. Mondale-Ferraro ’84, perhaps?

We’ll see what happens, but Kerry may have just upstaged himself.