For at least five months during the primary the meme was anyone but Romney. Why? Because a consistent 2/3 of primary voters were searching for a true conservative nominee. Yet that 2/3 was split several ways between socons, neocons, libertarians and economic centric conservatives. The other third were big business capitalists who supported Romney. 2/3 of the base refused to make nice with each other and defaulted to Romney who appealed to them all nicely when the other candidates self-immolated.
And then there's this. 2/3 of the base are pretty much funded by the other third. That third, the crony in the capitalist world, being the money, do all the real talking for the party. The obvious discorance between the party walk and talk comes