Originally Posted by Drek
Obama's too strong a candidate. Huntsman would probably be beating him in national polls, but he wouldn't swing PA, MI, OH, WI, IA, or VA where Obama is stretching his lead.
This is the crux of the argument, both for this election and for hypothetical ones like Huntsman, etc. vs. Obama. The election is not determined by national numbers. Rather, it's determined every year by the same 10-15 states who represent what the middle thinks. Although there are several candidates who would probably be performing better than Romney, I have yet to see a convincing argument from anyone on how exactly they would be doing better than Obama where it matters.