My great fear: Bachmann, Palin, Perry, Cain, Romney in the primaries. Who walks away with a plurality of the primary votes? Especially in “open primary” states.
I think Palin has the ability to rally the conservative vote. Also, Romney does not have a chance in Iowa, so I can see the conservative losers in Iowa dropping out and endorsing whoever wins Iowa, or at least conservatives in the rest of the country taking their cue from them. As long the conservative vote is not split too much in South Carolina, the conservative will probably win the nomination.