The conservative base is not fired up FOR Romney but is AGAINST Obama. This means that they will vote against Obama. Let's not forget that the Romney wing of the party was opposed to Reagan and basically was behind Anderson. So far Romney has not done or said anything to inspire conservatives to vote FOR him unlike Reagan who was the conservative champion. Hopefully Romney is bold in the debate and draws distinct differences. Economic arguments alone may not be sufficient if Romney merely comes across as tweedle dee to tweedle dum. Finally ask yourself who was more likeable - Carter or Reagan - and then you may understand Romney's problem.