The yearning for a non-Romney candidate has gotten ridiculous
While I have issues with his record as Governor, it is much more
conservative than Mitt Romney’s and he has a much, much greater
cross-party and independent appeal than Mitt Romney. People kind of
like he doesn’t give a crap about pandering.
It's the usual "something for nothing" argument. We can get both a more conservative candidate and
someone who appeals to independents and conservative Democrats!
Look, the world doesn't work that way. In order to get something, you have to give up something else. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. Maybe, given Obama's abysmal performance as President, we don't need as much cross-party and independent support as might otherwise be the case, and we can afford to go with a more conservative candidate. I'm not sure either way on that one. But I for damn sure know that neither choice is all-positive or all-negative.