Political blogger Steve Benen at The Carpetbagger Report thinks they're bluffing:
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.”
The Rev. Rob McCoy, pastor of Calvary Chapel in Thousand Oaks, Calif., who speaks at evangelical events across the country, told The Washington Times, “I will vote for McCain unless he does one thing. You know what that is? If he puts Romney on the ticket as veep.”
McCain & Co. know that these religious right leaders ultimately got behind the Republican campaign in exchange for nothing. McCain largely ignored them, they huffed and puffed, but once the general election campaign began in earnest, the religious right fell in line. If they seriously believe they can block Romney now, by making half-hearted threats, they’re fooling themselves.One of Benen's readers, who goes by the name Capt. Kirk, had this unique take on McSame's pick:
McCain needs to take these people into account, he needs their votes. So I suggest he pick the Rev. Jerry Falwell as his running mate. The fact that he’s dead will assure voters that he won’t unduly influence the White House or run an office of propaganda, as we have seen during the last two terms. Also by being dead, Falwell would make McCain seem much more youthful and vigorous. If by chance, McCain falls ill, the solution would be a simple and quick Armageddon and Falwell could assume the presidency in a post rapture state of being. Surely this arrangement would satisfy holdouts like Dobson, LaHaye, Phyllis Schlafly, Mat Staver, David Barton, Rick Scarborough, etc.That's certainly a bold move!