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I think we should be careful what we wish for. He could be a shot of adrenaline and provide plenty of economic bona fides for McCain.
Evangelicals are already plenty depressed about McCain, so it’s not like his VP pick is going to do much for them anyway.
I think it would make things rather fun around the blogosphere. Romney evidently has a huge LDS troll army at his disposal, that was unleashed with great fury at Yglesias’ place the other day at the mere suggestion of the Mittster as a pick.
McCain’s VP choice will indeed help him with evangelicals if he picks an evangelical–like Huckabee.
It would also help him keep Hillary from stealing Arkansas.
BTW: I disagree with the assertion that evangelicals will vote as long as the race is close. I believe that evangelicals have become a bit jaded about the attention paid their issues by politicians they have worked to elect. They may decide to make the point that without them Republicans can’t win. Since they have no truck with McCain anyway, this looks like a good time to do this.
I would especially challenge the idea that their energy level does not matter. To the extent that evangelicals have voting power (I am sceptical), they have it because they vote in groups. Without activists organizing the vote, and religious leaders preaching that they should, turnout will drop.
I would also challenge the idea that Romney would make a good “attack dog.” He seems to me a bit too plastic and slick.
Here’s my favorite part of the article:
So, McCain should pick the guy who helps his message the most. But what is McCain’s message? I think it is: in a year when the country is dissatisfied with his party, he is an acceptable Republican while his opponent is a needlessly risky choice.
So McCain hasn’t managed to get his message across even to the Republicans yet?
What? Is Alan Keyes no longer available?
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