Once again, we read that a lot of evangelicals who might otherwise support John McCain will be angry if Mitt Romney is his running mate. From the Washington Times:
Prominent evangelical leaders are warning Sen. John McCain against picking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as his running mate, saying their troops will abandon the Republican ticket on Election Day if that happens.
They say Mr. Romney lacks trust on issues such as outlawing abortion and opposing same-sex marriage and because he is a Mormon. Opposition is particularly powerful among those who supported former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in the Republican presidential primaries earlier this year.
“McCain and Romney would be like oil and water,” said evangelical novelist Tim LaHaye, who supported Mr. Huckabee. “We aren’t against Mormonism, but Romney is not a thoroughgoing evangelical and his flip-flopping on issues is understandable in a liberal state like Massachusetts, but our people won’t understand that.”
Speaking as an American, I’d only want Romney on the ticket if that would ensure a victory over the radical utopian Obama. Mitt Romney is a good man, but he is as exciting as institutional lime jello. If y’all like lime jello served in the school cafeteria, my apologies.
Speaking as an evangelical (Southern Baptist), I don’t especially care that he’s a Mormon. I care that he lacks the convictions of a Bobby Jindal or a Sarah Palin. And it’s fire we’re needing, this time around.
Speaking as a Republican, we’ve got to take some chances this year to win. Romney is safe; he’s the CPA; robot-like, advancing towards his management goals. Can he deliver Michigan? Perhaps, but it’s been a long, long time since his dad was governor and failed as a presidential candidate.
My choice? Bobby Jindal or Sarah Palin — both conservatives who won’t scare the children. Both of whom will appeal to younger voters. Jindal, especially to Catholics; Palin, especially to disenchanted, disenfranchised Hillary backers. Either of whom, as governors, could credibly become president.