Which one should we have united behind, and why?
You have your opinion, and other conservative voters had theirs. Was your opinion right, and theirs wrong? Why should they have given up on their favorite candidate to support yours?
Perhaps the problem was more about having too many conservative candidates that thought they were the Chosen One. The GOP establishment keeps winning because it has the discipline to put forth ONE candidate each time.
Can we really blame the voters for not being able to unite behind one of the multitude of choices?
You may be correct in theory, but I’m right in fact.
If conservatives have someone they don’t want to win, but who has a lock on 30% or more of the vote, the only way to defeat him is to unite behind one of the alternatives.
He didn’t really engineer it, but Romney did a dandy job of divide and conquer.