I don't really "do" politics so I thank Matt and Mark for entering the lion's den and coming back alive to report their findings! I believe that a point that Mark made needs to be amplified.
I have found that when "moderates" or "mainstream" Republicans ask for a "big tent," what they really want is their philosophy to prevail and for conservatives to vote for them and then shut up. No; I will not.
Extra kudos to Matt for all of the hard work that he has done on the State of Ohio Blog Alliance -- wonderful!