Still, Romney was the GOP’s best chance at stealing the White House back. Romney’s competition was a whack job like Paul, a worse whack job like Santorum (day what you will about America being pissed off at capitalism; they would have swallowed a hardcore capitalist before choking down a fundie) and a blowhard like Gingrich. Everyone else in the field was a complete long shot and had no real chance, and the other three (Gingrich, Santorum, Paul) would have all been destroyed by Obama, far worse than Mr. 47% did.
The GOP’s only hope was to run someone who wasn’t a front-runner. All four of the leaders, and just about everyone else in the field, was a guaranteed loser.
Their best candidate would have been Tim Pawlenty, probably with Mike Huckabee or something as his running mate to get the clerico-fascist right out to vote. It would have been a tighter race, although Obama would have likely won reelection anyway.