This Red State article about Mr. Romney's extensive managerial experience and success is generating a lot of discussion and interesting comments. I highly recommend registering with Red State and commenting there. It's a pretty important conservative discustion site. Feel free to join in the discussions.
Also, Mr. Romney didn't do so poorly at the Wisc state GOP straw poll for '08. Six candidates (Allen, Giuliani, Gingrich, Rice, Romney, and McCain) all received between 10-17% of the votes (n=357). That's a "wide-open" field if I've ever seen one. I assume that Romney would have done much better if he had been able to keep his appointment and speak at the convention as scheduled . . . might have even been the front-runner.