If rose was just a distraction, then hands up to those who want to be Damon Salvatore’s’ distraction.
It’s clear that many people saw Damon’s humanity for the first time in the Season 2 Episode 8 – Rose.
In season 2 episode 12 the “Descent’ – the moment Damon slammed the dagger in Rose heart, to end her suffering. I felt it was a transferal for what he would like to have happen to himself. He was definitely mourning a lot more than Rose.
“Damon was not in love with Rose. Rose was a distraction that Damon created for himself in order to stay away from Elena.”