I would feel better about Romney had the current GOP leadership and Republican dominated House showed the principles and resistance it promised it would deliver with the November 2010 elections. So far, their performance has been marginal at best, and compromise seems to have gone in favor of the president.
An Obama second term would likely face continued resistance from Republicans. But a President Romney would likely return to his roots, and strive to show compromise with Democrats. Compromise would be spun as progress, and Republicans would join right in.
Senate debate clip from October 1994 via YouTube.com
If we're going to continue on the path that destroys liberty and adds to the national debt, why not let a Democrat own it? The Republicans, by their own performance over the past decade or so, have shown they have little interest in sticking to true conservative ideals. If we're going to have a progressive president, I'd rather have one that galvanizes resistance than one who lulls the resistance into complacency.
I've had this discussion among friends. I know I'm not alone in this line of thinking.
I'm not saying I wouldn't vote for Romney if he were the Republican nominee. But I'm not saying I will. A lot can happen between now an November. Republicans may even wake up and realize how flawed a candidate Romney really is before they bestow the nomination.