McCain is likely to win the election because of the "issues" now built into the Obama campaign but he is a terrible, boring, sleep inducing speaker. Without the impact of his biography or at least the image of his biography carefully cultivated over the years he is an uninteresting candidate. I believe that his candidacy needs some "juice" in the person of a running mate who will "close the deal" with America. He can win without that but like any military man he wants to load up the odds in his favor to insure an overwhelming victory.
It is likely that he will pick Romney. That is what the professional pols are urging on him. They think Romney is a safe choice. Most of them are Washington and New York secularists, and cynics. They see the world through lenses that have dollar signs engraved on them. They see Romney as a business wise asset with which to balance McCain’s view of himself as the central figure in a Wagnerian drama. Theology does not matter to most of these professional politicians. If they are associated with some church or other congregation their allegiance is largely a matter of social conformity and life cycle event facilitation. They do not really grasp the fact that many Christians in this country think Mormons are Christians only by their own definition of the word. They do not grasp the fact that in "the heartland" there are people who will not vote for the ticket based on that alone. Would that defeat McCain? Probably not, but why take a chance?
McCain should ask General Petraeus to retire from the Army to run with him. Petraeus is youthful, well spoken, handsome, intelligent, successful in the war in Iraq, youthful, and youthful. Petraeus has reached the top in his profession. There is no "up" in the Army from full general and theater commander. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Yawn… The professional politicians would probably not like to have Petraeus on the ticket, but his presence there would make victory inevitable. pl