Rand Paul’s Romney endorsement


I’ll let the Washington Post have a few words on the matter as far as analysis:

In making clear that he is publicly behind Romney, Rand Paul is sending a very clear signal: I’m a good soldier for the GOP.

Make no mistake: The Republican party establishment will never embrace Rand Paul as one of their own — nor would he want them to. But, it is possible that Paul playing the role of loyal Republican in the 2012 election could well neutralize some of the fears the party regulars have about the prospects of him carrying their standard at some point down the line.

The lesson? Sometimes — actually almost always — in politics there’s more than meets the eye.

“I’m a good soldier for the GOP.” We’ll see.

Not surprisingly, Willard might not get a woody at the prospect of Rand doubling down on dumb and offering his services as Vice President. It might be a conflict of interest to allow such a young sith into the dark inner circle, but he’s still throwing it out there, you know.

Reason’s Hit & Run Blog first tipped everyone off on this was uniquely father-not-like-son by pointing out the elder Paul hasn’t endorse any Republican presidential candidate since Reagan’s failed bid in 1976:

Ron Paul’s campaign has all but acknowledged Ron Paul’s not winning the nomination, but the elder Paul has never endorsed the Republican nominee. Though he said he stood with Reagan, that was in 1976 when the California governor challenged sitting President Gerald Ford for the nomination. Paul spokesman Gary Howard said he didn’t think Paul endorsed anyone in 1980, and by 1988 Ron Paul was so disappointed with Ronald Reagan he wanted to “totally disassociate” himself from the president. Paul didn’t endorse George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George Bush or John McCain either.

And obviously Rand Paul could have learned something from his old man by remaining neutral.

NEXT PAGE: the Ron Paul Revolution gets super pissed…

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  • Lou_Cypher

    Atta boy. I like your style. Put it front and center. Tell it like it is. Don’t be afraid to use those scary evil forbidden ‘curse words’ to drive the point home. Well done. I can’t wait to see the counter arguments from those in the ‘liberty movement’ defaulting to compromise — like golden boy Rand. Too funny. Short of some serious concessions by ‘Team Romney’ someone better start polishing their stethoscope. Too funny. It really is.

    ”Ron Paul supporters believe they rule the internet. Maybe they do, and maybe they don’t.”

    Rand Paul

    (Well, something like that)


    • JohnnyX

      Rand Paul will benefit from the rules of incumbency, I doubt one endorsement would be enough to throw off his chances of getting re-elected. With Ron Paul retiring from Congress he’s got that political machinery all to himself.

      The timing should have been closer to the election (post convention, duh) if he wanted this to go smoother rather than looking like a fleeing rat from his dad’s sinking campaign.

      • Lou_Cypher

        Yeah, I’d have to side with your assessment. The ‘polished stethoscope’ conjecture was basically tongue in cheek. Rand is known as a ‘Tea Party’ senator. Although Ron sometimes get the credit as father of the movement it appears to have been once again hijacked by the neocon faction of the republican party with a twist. It’s not difficult to sell the idea of middle eastern intervention and perpetual unconstitutional ‘police actions’ to indoctrinated Christians. Nuff said. Shrug…

  • Gene Berkman

    Rand Paul decided to sell out early, and avoid the rush.

    Still, Rand is one of the better Senators, but that is a low bar.

    It is clear that Ron Paul will not win the Republican nomination for President, so it is time for Ron Paul activists to start moving to the campaign of Gary Johnson, Libertarian for President.

    I guess we can thank the eye doctor for helping people to see that the Ron Paul campaign is about to end.

    • Low Bar? What have done for the Constitution other than talking nonsense.

  • Reader11722

    Rand was wrong.  Mitt loves the TSA, bailouts, Obamacare and illegals. Ron Paul is the only candidate with a plan to end the TSA and end the endless wars for Israel, it all started a decade ago after a false flag attack.
    9/11, US and Israel:


  • JohnnyX

    Rand Paul is a sellout. Its a strategic sellout, but its one that wont soon be forgotten.

    In other news, this overshadows Ron Paul officially calling it quits on the campaign trail. 

  • Paul Bonnett

    I will never support Rand. Ron and Gary Johnson own it to the Libertarian Movement to team up and avenge both his son and the GOP Establishment. If we get B.O. in the outcome then so be it ! as history mostly shows, we probably have to suffer much more as a nation to awaken the sheeple !