This is where it gets a little bit tricky. The biggest difference between Romney (at least according to Romney) between himself and Obama, is competence.
The question, do you want a competant socialist or an incompetant one ?
Then, to top it off, what happens to the GOP if Romney wins ? He could wind up dismantling conservatism, something that Obama can not do, by virtue of not being the leader of the GOP. Romney will appoint his own guy as head of the RNC. He can get the legislation he wants passed, passed by the GOP. If Obama wants tax hikes, the GOP will stop him, or try to stop him, if Romney wants tax hikes, he's going to get them, by getting most of the GOP to support them (or they risk losing party funding and support).
If the country is going to go down the tubes, do you want a republican leading the way, or a democrat ? I'm not so sure, a President Romney is the best option in that type of situation. Keep in mind, its not like at least we would get conservative judges, Romney has a record of also appointing liberal judges too, and with Romneys record as a party leader being what it is, you could see the GOP be harmed more by Romney as president, then with Obama as President........Its not that cut and dry.
Don’t forget that there is the Tea Party as a counter balance to the Republican establishment. This is not like 2000 or 2004 when we were all under the spell of George W. because he used the magic word *conservative*. Republicans cannot just use the word conservative as a magic incantation any more, now people are in rebellion and this is a rebellion that is not going to die down because we are realizing that we have been sold out by people we thought were our own, now we know that it is not just the big bad Democrats that we have to watch out for. Before we were just like trusting children, we are not like that anymore and we will not go back to that anymore.