REPUBLICANS ABOUT TO MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AS IN 2008
Republicans are about to make the same mistake as they did in 2008:
Selecting a candidate who is unelectable.
VOTING "WITH HEARTS AND NOT HEAD"
As with voters on either side, the Conservatives and the Evangelicals and Republicans in general, are, to use the euphemism, "voting with their hearts, and not with their heads".
Yes, it makes sense to vote with your heart, but never to vote without using one's head.
A Santorum fan: I like him, though I don't know much about him.
I think it is vital this time to vote by a conclusion made from your brain. [In Michael Shermer's book, The Believing Brain, he points out how we believe something with little evidence or just because we've heard it, and then we seek to support it with "selective evidence", ignoring the other side. He suggests (obviously, I think) that we should, instead, look at the facts and then use reasoning to make a "reasonable conclusion". (Duh!)] See also: Intelligent, Responsible Voting.
We mistake our heart with emotional impulse. But what we are really voting with is based on what we value, especially getting our own benefit from something.
I would suggest that the Republicans should make a key distinction: that they will be better off with a Republican in the White House than being "right" or "liking the personality" of a candidate who is very, very likely to lose the election.
Not a difficult point to understand or agree with.
I use the modified phrase: "4/5 of a loaf is better than no loaf" to adjust to what the perceptions might be about Romney, that he might be 1/2 or 4/5 of a conservative. I see him as just plain conservative - and not being offensive or alienating about it (i.e. he won't alienate the critical deciding vote, that of the independents like myself).
Although Obama might still win, Romney is the most solidly appealing Republican, who will likely draw in quite a number of independents. That latter fact is the key - and one that should be totally acknowledged as vital, vital, vital!