After Mitt Romney became
the frontrunner for McCain's VP, our writers here
and at The
Stump have been analyzing
whether that would be a wise move. On The
Plank, Michelle argued that this would be a risky decision by McCain, as Romney's
Mormon background could potentially further harm McCain's already weakened
position in the evangelical base.
agrees and offers an explanation for the tension these two sects:
As per my comment when Romney was
raised again as a potential VP: You are right on, Michelle. Having followed the
Republican primary very closely--the Evangelicals don't much care for McCain,
but they despise Romney because he's a Mormon.
If it were
just a matter of theology, perhaps they could come to some understanding. But
the big issue is the competition for converts, particularly in third world
countries, between the Mormons and the Evangelicals. Conversion (evangelizing)
is a huge issue for both Mormons and Evangelicals. Evangelicals are extremely
concerned that having a Mormon in the White House, even as VP, would give
Mormons a global leg up on them. Given that self-described Evangelicals were
23% of all voters in the last election, McCain can not afford to lose these
folks or dampen their enthusiasm any more than it already is.