Well I guess the party elites are just not going to let us get away with this little rebellion. Trying to nominate a guy who will make significant changes and actually attempt to cut the size of govt. The very thought of it is just too much for them to stand. Their safe cushy lives depend on the status quo.
Trying to trot out Mitch Daniels or Jeb Bush at this point in time is really desparate. Mitch Daniels has all the charisma and appeal of a walnut. Jeb Bush is a non starter with almost all conservatives. Maybe they will try to ressurect TPaw.
Personally I think the GOP establishment went a bridge too far in 2008 when they literally force fed Juan McStain down our throats. It was so hard to support and vote for the guy that nobody wants to take that path again.