Representatives for leading social conservative groups in Iowa held a secret meeting Monday as part of an effort with one main goal: find and support a Republican presidential candidate who can stop Mitt Romney in Iowa.
The idea: avoid splintering the conservative vote in the state by rallying around one GOP rival who could win Iowa's Jan. 3 caucus and then challenge Romney in New Hampshire and the other early voting states.
Many social conservatives and other religious leaders in the state have openly labeled the former Massachusetts governor as a "flip-flopper," a criticism the campaign frequently beats back, while others have seen Romney's Mormon faith as an issue. And many of them have openly hoped for someone to emerge as a viable alternative to the former Massachusetts governor.
John Cole is right, this sort of thing isn�t just happening in Iowa, even if the incentive to get some real organization around the �anyone but� campaign is new. The National Post has an excellent graphic that makes the point quite clear.
You almost feel sorry for these nuts. They keep trying to rally around some "anyone but" saviour, only to find that individual become more painfully inadequate the more they get to see of them. It has to hurt to have your dreams dashed repeatedly like that.