July 30, 2008
The folly of a McCain-Romney ticket
Let me see if I get this:
Evangelical Christians were integral to George W. Bush’s presidential election and re-election, and can’t be lost if John McCain is to defeat Barack Obama this fall. But evangelicals remain cold on John McCain, and his solution might be to select real-life-Ken-doll Mitt Romney, whom evangelicals were downright frosty on, as his running mate?
That’s been the buzz for the past week, even though onlly in Israel do political moves make such little sense. Sure, Romney would gladly parrot whatever McCain told him to. And between McCain’s wealthy wife, Cindy, and former Bain business consultant and private-equity investor Romney, the two could personally almost keep pace with Obama’s breakneck fundraising. The problem is many people, evangelicals in particular, find Romney absolutely loathsome.
“I’m rich enough, I’m wingnut enough, but gosh darn it, people just don’t like me,” a commenter wrote on Matthew Yglesias blog.
Indeed, Romney is about as far from a swing-vote-grabbing running mate as McCain could pick. Even Mike Huckabee would make more sense. And so, again, evangelicals are complaining about McCain’s political wisdom: