MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina -- Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Chris Christie aren’t exactly popular names at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention.“Christie lost weight, but that just means he can hug Obama even closer,” Joe Dugan, who organized the conference, told msnbc. “Romney was a poor candidate and ran a terrible campaign.” That doesn’t mean attendees are unhappy to see them running, however. After watching Romney grind his way to the nomination in 2012 against a rotating cast of underfunded conservative challengers, tea party activists are hopeful that the reverse dynamic might occur in 2016. If Bush, Romney, Christie, and other Republicans popular with big donors end up splitting the moderate vote and training their super PAC dollars on each other, there may be an opening for one of their favored candidates to sneak their way to the convention. “We want [Marco] Rubio in, we want Christie in, we want Bush in, we want Romney in, that would be great,” Vernon Robinson, campaign director of a national effort to draft Ben Carson for a 2016 run, told msnbc. “It’s better to have eight liberal Republicans than one.