posted on Jul, 1 2008 @ 10:03 AM
reply to post by grover
It might, but then again, it might not. At this point, I think that the portion of fundamentalists that have been offended by McCain's stances
have probably already jumped ship. The ones that have stayed this long probably will stick around regardless of the VP pick. The battlelines have
been drawn at this point, I think.
If it hurts McCain, I think it'll be among those he's already lost (but who might otherwise be willing to give him a 2nd look), but that said, I
think even that effect will be minimal. In the areas where it could hurt him (particularly the south), he has substantial leads and will likely be
able to absorb the losses. Meanwhile, it could provide a big advantage in the swing states in the Midwest.
In the end, I think the benefits outweigh the risks for McCain. It pains me to say that because again, I really don't like Romney.
Incidentally, a lot of the Republican voters who don't like McCain at all were Romney supporters in the primaries. There was an odd, fanatical
support of the man by the economic conservative die-hards, for some reason I can't explain. Many of those say they would reconsider McCain if
Romney is on the ticket. So, the losses among fundamentalists could be mitigated in this manner as well.
[edit on 1-7-2008 by vor78]