There's quite a bit of speculation going around that Mitt Romney may be the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee.
If McCain puts Romney on the ticket, it would be an act of political suicide. Bottom line: the base of the Republican party will not support a Mormon candidate. It's purely a matter of bigotry. As unfair as it is, Romney is a nonstarter for this crowd.
Here's the twist. If Romney is to be the VP nominee, then the over-the-top actions of the LDS Church in California make a lot more sense. By working with evangelical churches on the anti-gay Proposition 8, the LDS leadership may hope to build legitimacy with evangelicals and thereby gain political power on the coattails of a McCain/Romney victory.
Personally, I don't see how this can possibly be a winning strategy. I have some understanding (having grown up in the deep South) of the mindset of evangelical Christians. They would sooner vote for a Muslim than for a Mormon. The Church is not being realistic if it thinks that cooperating with evangelical churches in California will make an ounce of difference in the opinions that conservative evangelicals have toward Mormons.
Just a thought.