Imagine yourself out in a snowstorm or a lost in desert and you've somehow just suffered a bad cut on your leg. You are bleeding pretty badly and you need to stop the flow of blood. You don't have a hospital, medical equipment or even gauze bandages. You do however have an extra shirt that you can cut into strips and use as a makeshift bandage. It likely won't stop the flow of blood entirely but it will slow it significantly. In fact, it will stem the flow of blood enough that you will be able to continue on towards civilization which will allow you to get proper medical attention. The alternative is the risk of simply bleeding to death.
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What may be missing for these voters is the search through the backpack because there happens to be a gauze bandage available. Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich are both capable of beating president Obama despite what casual observance would indicate. Nevertheless, this is the reality that conservative voters who are engaged and have a problem with the soft and intermittent conservativism of Mitt Romney have to face - he is not guaranteed but still most likely to end up the nominee at this point.
If that transpires, then Mitt Romney becomes that shirt to be used to stop the flow of blood and conservative voters will be obligated to support him. The alternative is to let the economy and the national debt bleed out. That is unacceptable. While it does not mean that we should concede the primaries to Romney, it does mean that we have to throw our support behind him wholeheartedly should he end up the nominee. On the flip side of that argument is the expectation that should Romnney lose the nomination, his supporters would be expected to offer the same level of support behind whomever the eventual nominee turns out to be. After all, anything is better than leaving an open wound alone to solve itself.