Jonah — I have never voted for a Democrat in my life. And I don’t intend to start anytime soon. I even voted for Bob Dole, though that required holding my nose. In the last mayoral election in New York City, for the first time in my life, I decided not to vote, rather than support Mike Bloomberg. My polling station is literally across the street, and I can see it from my desk. So it took real self-control to sit still. If the GOP ticket is McCain-Lieberman, I will, again, not vote. I just wouldn’t want to participate in the ruin of the GOP, or the governing mess to come. I cannot imagine that I would be alone.
If either McCain or Romney gets the nomination, as unfortunately seems likely, he must choose the single most conservative running mate he can find, who is sane and articulate. Or else Obama becomes President, with a lot of crossover GOP votes. No Huckabee. No obscure governor. No previously unheard of woman. The tendency you cite of being “too clever by half,” instead of being straight and predictable, is one of the core reasons that the majority of primary voters are dubious about him.