Well known political analyst Charlie Cook says the Republicans will eventually pick Romney as their candidate because ----he has run before. According to Cook, Republicans almost always pick someone who is a sitting or former vice president or a previous presidential candidate. He writes:
In 1960, Republicans nominated then-Vice President Richard Nixon. In 1968, they chose Nixon again. After his 1974 resignation elevated Vice President Gerald Ford to the presidency, they nominated Ford, who had fended off a challenge from Ronald Reagan, in 1976. Four years later, it was Reagan’s turn. They selected him from a big field that included former CIA Director and U.N. Ambassador George H.W. Bush. In 1988, after Reagan’s two terms, the GOP nominated then-Vice President Bush, who had beaten out, among others, Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas. In 1996, it was Dole’s turn. In 2008, they elevated Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who eight years earlier was beaten out by Texas Gov. George W. Bush. Sense a pattern here? Let’s just say that Republicans aren’t exactly early adopters. They prefer the familiar and comfortable, even when they have spirited primary contests.
So, there you have it. Republicans may shop around for another candidate but eventually, says Cook, they will come back to old unexcited but “been there done that” Romney.