The problem isn’t the GOP field. It’s the GOP.
There are moderate Republican voters out there disappointed in their current presidential candidate choices. Jonathan Bernstein blogging over at the Washington Post says:
What you’re upset with isn’t the candidate — it’s the party. It’s inconceivable that anyone could get the Republican nomination while using anything but solid Tea Party rhetoric on pretty much every issue. They’re all going to claim that taxes should never, ever, ever be raised no matter what, that half of what the government does is evil or unconstitutional or whatever, that the scientific consensus on climate is some sort of crazed conspiracy, and so on down the line…That’s what the Republican Party is right now, and that’s what their nominee is going to say. So no saviors need apply.