Newt Gingrich is getting some support from the anyone-but-Romney crowd, but he also gets support from people who liked the fact that he's an idea man and is known for his intelligence. Rick Santorum is not known as an idea man or as being particularly intelligent. Many of these core Gingrich supporters would switch to Mitt Romney rather than see the GOP under the power of a religious authoritarian.
Some of those supporting Rick Santorum may be looking for a candidate who demonstrates family values in how he lives his life or be looking for a non-Southern Republican to keep the party from becoming a marginalized regional party at the presidential level. Many of these people would rather switch to Mitt Romney than to Newt Gingrich.
Mitt Romney's strong showing in the South is evidence that he isn't a weak candidate there. Those who hold a zealous, irrational hatred for Mitt Romney are overrepresented on the internet because they congregate on certain websites and rant to one another about how much they hate Mitt Romney. Outside of these small groups, the hatred isn't that prevalent in the voters.
can’t argue with any of that.
I will say though I don’t like it when the establishment tries to shove a candidate down our throats. I mean, the main selling point of Romney if you ask a lot of his supporters is “He can beat Obama”. This is such a losing tactic and the embarassing thing is both parties have tried this failed logic before. At the Presidential level, it is a must for the voters to vote FOR the candidate and not just AGAINST another candidate.
Check this Slate article out from 2004 on Kerry’s “Electability”. You could practically change the names to this year’s 2012 GOP Field and get the exact same story
“Outside of these small groups, the hatred isn’t that prevalent in the voters.”
Because these “small groups” take the time to do the research and LEARN. Most voters are ignorant. Not stupid. Just ignorant. They don’t know the romney we know.