TIME’s Swampland reports on an online petition aimed at dissuading John McCain from picking Mitt Romney as his running mate. The effort is reportedly run by a fringe Christian Right group. But God-o-Meter would guess that McCain would improve his standing among the Christian Right leadership by selecting Romney, who courted those leaders so assiduously as a presidential candidate.
Among too many rank-and-file evangelicals, though Romney never truly connected, and the so-called “Mormon issue” was only part of the reason. One more reason McCain is unlikely to enlist Romney as veep. That, and they seemed to hate each other’s guts as on the campaign trail.