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Tom Ridge's VP Case

The WSJ's Brad Haynes continues the paper's look at the VP candidates with Tom Ridge. Key graf:

John McCain has often declared his friendship and respect for Ridge, who became co-chair of his presidential campaign in February 2007. As another decorated Vietnam veteran and the public face of the Bush administration's Homeland Security efforts, Ridge would reinforce McCain's perceived strengths on terrorism and military affairs. But none of that may be enough to overcome the biggest obstacle between Ridge and a spot on the Republican ticket: Ridge has long maintained low-key but unwavering support for abortion rights. McCain himself has suggested that his party's base won't tolerate a defender of Roe v. Wade.

And that, as they say, is that. Ridge's positives aren't so great as to overshadow that one very large negative. There's been a lot speculation about the Evangelical vote this cycle, but this much is clear: Most Evangelicals will not vote for Obama. The worst that could happen to McCain is that they don't vote at all. The best way to ensure that would be to pick a pro-choice running mate.