So what can John McCain do? If evangelicals number 42% of the population (according to Barna,) and if their super churches are the Republican equivalent of the unions in the Democrat Party of the 1950s and 60s, the key to increased voter registration, the machine to turn out the vote; and if these evangelical activists are now demoralized, feeling unimportant, and unenthusiastic about John McCain; and it is too late for him to publicly court them without incurring media and public backlash; then what can he do?
Bring Independent Senator, Joe Lieberman, onto his ticket.
It’s farfetched, it will upset the party regulars, but he needs to take some chances to stop the “Obama Phenoma.” Joe Lieberman, a Jew and a former Democrat, will energize evangelicals in a way that no evangelical on the ticket could. Evangelicals are divided over doctrine and practice and even styles of worship. But there is one thing that unites them and that is their support for the State of Israel.
Of course the media does not understand this and it does not jive with their version of “agents of intolerance” and most Jews don’t want to believe it but that only makes it all the more rich. McCain will be seen as bold, even risky, when there is in fact no risk at all with the evangelical base of his party. He would be using the public and media ignorance of evangelicals to his advantage for a change.
There are three other very big bonuses to a Joe Lieberman candidacy.
First, the appointment would hasten the Jewish switch to the Republican Party. It is no secret that there is growing nervousness over Barack Obama within the Jewish community. The Lieberman appointment would add to their comfort level with John McCain.
Second, the appointment would clearly separate him from the sinking ship of George W. Bush. After all, Joe Lieberman was Al Gore’s running mate in 2000.
Third, the media would be absolutely floored. They would see that this election would guarantee history in the making. A Black, a Jew, and possibly a woman could be president or vice president.
Oh yeah, I forgot. What would Rush Limbaugh say?