Yesterday, Nick Tzitzon made his case for why former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney should be the GOP's pick to take on President Obama in 2012 — not despite his record on health care reform, but because of it.
While it has nothing to do with Romney's health-care legacy, Public Policy Polling has released a poll this week that also makes the case for why conservatives should be taking a good, hard look at Romney. The poll found that, at this point, Romney polls about as strongly as Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Huckabee (Palin is slightly ahead of the pack).
But here are the more interesting results (the italics are mine):
The Gingrich and Huckabee voters are going to be fine if someone else gets nominated. They're pretty happy with all the other candidates. The Romney folks perhaps are a greater concern for Republicans because some of them might actually vote for Obama if a Gingrich or Palin gets nominated. The Palin folks aren't all that big on the other candidates either- the chances of them voting for Obama seem quite slim but might they sit home or throw some of their votes to a conservative third party candidate if Romney wins the nomination? All of those things will be interesting to watch.
So, while most conservatives — no matter who they are now supporting — say they would generally be content with any of the four leading candidates were he or she to win the nomination, those who support Romney would consider voting for Obama if Palin or Gingrich got the nod. At least according to this poll, Romney looks like the GOP's safest bet.