Casting Stones

Given how well Huckabee has done tonight, I cant help but wonder: all the conservatives who hate John McCain, why did they rally around Romney, who’s not conservative, instead of Huckabee, who is? Part of the answer is that the conservative media elites really do seem to care about lower taxes more than abortion.
McCain just barely eeked out a victory in Missouri over Huckabee. Would that have been different if the conservative media establishment hadn’t shunned Huckabee?
Doesn’t this provide evidence for the theory that Republican elites use the value voters but when push comes to shove they care much more about economics than social issues? Given the strength Huckabee is showing without any support, what would have happened if they’d rallied around him instead of Romney?