It's a good question. Romney would have been a good President, but he was my seventh of the nine choices, just above Paul and Huntsman.
Real Conservatives had just as much opposition and bad publicity from the entrenched establishment Republicans during the primaries as Romney did from the liberal/progressives that used to be the Democrat party during the general.
I tend to agree with Pamela. The GOP establishment and the national press generally are as bad as the Democrats for "shaping" public opinion based on their own ideology rather than on the facts for each individual candidate.