The GOP nomination process was one of the most thorough in history. Except for Huntsman, who emphasized bipartisanship, practical problem solving, and country before party, every single candidate who attended the debates got into the top 3 at some point or another, and except for Paul and Huntsman, every candidate was even a frontrunner at some point. They all came under intense scrutiny, all of them had some or another major problem with them.
Perry is a stupid speaker. Bachmann is both stupid and too fringe. Cain sexually harrassed his workers. Newt Gingrich wanted an "open marriage", a moon base, and came with a lot of baggage from the Clinton years. Santorum said it is snobbish to think people should go to college, argued contraception is a sin, and rambled on about "phony theology" when trying to criticise Obama's environmental policies.
And now we have Mitt Romney. He is getting the tar beat out of him over how Bain took over companies, fired their workers, sent some jobs overseas, emptied their treasuries via dividends, and then sold the companies for more than he bought them for. At best you could call this creative destruction, but it is not popular. He is, in an unprecedented move, unwilling to hand out more than a couple of years worth of tax returns. Those tax returns he has given out show he paid only about 13% of income in the form of taxes. We also know he hid his money in the Cayman islands and Switzerland meaning he was a tax dodger even when it comes the pittance % he paid more recently.
He rambles on about fixing the budget with spending cuts. He won't say what these are. He does specify bank breaking tax cuts that would raise the debt by more than 100% within 10 years. He wants to "replace" Obamacare. He won't say with what. He refuses to answer the straight forward question of whether he will, as Obama has begun to, allow children of illegal immigrants who weren't born here but whom grew up here, speak perfect english, and have no real experience with any other country.
He passed Obamacare in Massuchussets, and has gone from being in many ways basically a liberal to now being a conservative. He is boring, he lacks charisma. He routinely makes richman gaffes that make him look out of touch. If the election were held today, the latest polling data ( ElectoralVote ) says Obama would win in a landslide with 300 electoral votes in spite of presiding over one of the worst economic downturns in US history and Romney's funding being fantastic.
Clearly, as a candidate, Romney sucks ass.
He wasn't chosen because conservatives love him. He was chosen because they thought he was the most likely to win; and they took a good look at everyone. The other guys were equally or more messed up.
What does it say about the Republican party that this is the best they can do? Is the problem just luck of the draw or is it something more cultural?