To the editor: McCain really reached for running mate pick

Sen. John McCain needed a bold pick for his vice president. Given his age and health, he needed someone who would be ready to assume the duties of president from day one. And given his overriding concern for national security, he wanted someone who could answer that infamous 3 a.m. phone call at a time of crisis.

He needed someone with experience in foreign policy who could go toe to toe with Russia's Putin or Iran's Ahmadinejad. After all, lack of experience had been McCain's number one criticism of Barack Obama.

So on this first critically important decision of picking his vice president, McCain chose a half-term governor from Alaska with a degree in journalism. It leaves one speechless.