There are only two horses in the race that have a chance of winning, and which one would you rather have a liberal Democrat, or a moderate Republican?
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
And the republicans are way to the right of Reagan. Reagan would be hard pressed to pass any republican purity test they have suggested.
I won't be voting for any presidential candidate in the next election.
2. Other than being moderate in Tone and being a Mormon, there's few similarities between Huntsman and Romney imho.
3. He'd be a horrible VP pick because of perception, not reality, in terms of the exact thing you stated...that he's essentially similar to Romney.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.