A lot of traditionalists are unhappy - for them there is nowhere else to go. Breaking communion with the pope of Rome is anathema - which is why even contemplating sedevacantism, such as Fr. Anthony Cekada, is looked upon as a horror and a scandal. Some of them have embraced parallel magisteriums - groups in quasi-communion with the Vatican (SSPX) or chasing after Marian revelations. If you stay, you're unhappy (but keeping true to your baptismal and confirmation promises). If you leave, you might be unhappy - eternally as well, because salvation is dependent upon communion with the Roman pontiff. So people put up with the temporal misery, and - in the name of the traditions they were taught - give conditional obedience to their church. And some of them are better people than others, and some worse.
( The Remnant newspaper once promoted a book "We Resist You to the Face" - where traditionalists were taking on the role of St. Paul against St. Peter from Acts, correcting him in his errors).
This is a fantastic post and sums up my thoughts as well. These are the reasons that, with a heavy heart, I am seeking to convert to Orthodoxy. I have no axe to grind, it is simply a logical conclusion based on the evidence of what has happened.
1) I no longer accept that what is called the "Roman Catholic Church" today is the same Church prior to VII.
2) Recognize and Resist (SSPX position) simply isn't doable based on Pastor Aeternus which places the pope as the ultimate authority not only in Faith and Morals but also worship, discipline and the Rites of the Church. If the pope is the pope, you must obey.
3) Sedevacantism makes logical sense based on premises 1 and 2 but results in something too unbelievable to be true......that there are only a handful of real Catholic bishops and priests left in the World and that the pope on down are nothing but heretics with no authority.
4) Put your hope in visions, Fatima, 3rd secrets etc. Since when has the Faith been about these things? No thanks.
This leaves Orthodoxy.