What was he supposed to do -- John McCain?
Go with Romney? The man McCain despises more than life itself? A Mormon t'boot, meaning the Christianists who don't already know Jesus and Lucifer were brothers were bound to find out in two-months' time.
Hmm... McCain/Romney = Jesus/Lucifer. That'd have been a sweet bumpersticker (but I guess we'll just have to settle for "The Maverick & The MILF").
Go with Pawlenty? Like, who??
Go with Huckleberry Hound? The Christianist squirrels (which he likes to cook up on the popcorn popper hot-plate, by the by) would've loved that, but the moneybags wouldn't. End of story. And end of that marriage.
Lieberlips? McCain wanted him. But a man who can motivate every Democrat that ever was (including the Dead Kennedys in 1960's Illinois) lining up on Election Day, while at the same motivating Christianists to go fishing, is a special talent indeed.
Any one of these yabbos would've grown course hair all over the Republican campaign, and, under every circumstance, would sink what little is left of John McCain's chances.
Nope. Hail-Mary! No nod to Catholics, that. After Obama's nomination speech in Denver, the Repos saw a mighty shit-storm a'comin'. And they figure there's absolutely nothing to lose with picking a different Christianist squirrel who also appeals to the Exxons and Shells of the world.
Nothing to lose that they aren't already gonna lose, that is.