Rand Paul Endorses Romney

Rand Paul Endorses Romney June 10, 2012

The Republican leadership is probably breathing a little easier after Sen. Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney in an appearance on the Hannity show. One conservative blogger gets it about right when he says this strongly reduces the chances that Ron Paul and his followers will make a messy fight of the Republican convention in Florida.

He won’t be on the ticket, but his endorsement is important in (hopefully) keeping Paul’s legions inside the tent in November. And it’s important to Rand too, of course, insofar as it means he’s a lock to speak at the convention now and can introduce himself to the country in anticipation of a future run. If you were worried about some sort of floor revolt among Paul-supporting delegates in Tampa, you probably don’t have to worry anymore.

It doesn’t really end that possibility, because Ron Paul delegates aren’t certain to listen to any plea from their leader to behave themselves. Just look at the Louisiana Republican convention recently to see what could happen. But I do agree that this is increasingly unlikely now. Ron Paul doesn’t have much party loyalty, but he does have family loyalty and he wants to help his son continue his crusade without being thrown out of the party.


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  • ‘Tis Himself

    As soon as I read the headline I realized what Rand Paul was doing. He’s setting himself up, almost certainly with Daddy’s approval, for a future presidential candidacy. By endorsing Romney now, he’s getting brownie points from the GOP’s elite while simultaneously not alienating the Tea Party wing.

  • StevoR

    Ron Paul doesn’t have much party loyalty, but he does have family loyalty and he wants to help his son continue his crusade without being thrown out of the party.

    Wanna bet that that was the threat being posed (subtlely or blatantly) if he didn’t do this?

  • Michael Heath

    ‘Tis Himself writes:

    By endorsing Romney now, he’s getting brownie points from the GOP’s elite while simultaneously not alienating the Tea Party wing.

    It’s been fairly certain for months now that Rand Paul would be endorsing Mitt Romney and his obvious motivation for doing so, i.e., his own political ambitions beyond being a U.S. Senator lacking both seniority and power within his caucus. However I don’t understand how you arrive at the conclusion Rand Paul’s doing endorsement doesn’t alienate Tea Partiers. While it’s safe to assume Tea Partiers will come out in droves to vote against the black Democratic president, I don’t understand what you’re referencing that has Paul not alienating Tea Partiers. Care to elaborate?

  • Wanna bet that that was the threat being posed (subtlely or blatantly) if he didn’t do this?

    Nah, I very much doubt there was anything like that. If anything, it will have been the usual mutual backscratching that was involved, though I suspect it was just the typical ploy of a freshman senator looking for greater influence in the party going forward — they are expecting to win a majority in the Senate in November, and I have absolutely no doubt that Paul is looking to secure himself a prominent role in that majority.

    I am sure, however, that this is one of the reasons Ron Paul supporters will claim was behind the endorsement–that and about a dozen other conspiracy theories…

  • So what appointment do you think that Rand Paul is going to get out of this?

  • llewelly

    oh, wow, look what can happen to even the strongest when the aluminum foil deflector helmet slips by even a little!

    The mind control beams get in and take over in moments!

  • Michael Heath

    holytape writes:

    So what appointment do you think that Rand Paul is going to get out of this?

    I’d be surprised if he was offered and accepted any appointment. He’s not the type, he’s an outsider and not an insider. He’d also be a horrible administrator, the man demonstrates zero executive ability.

    What he has probably locked-up is a speaking slot at the ’12 GOP National Convention. He’ll leverage that opportunity to promote his brand within the party similar to how his dad, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachmann do. That approach is a marketing effort which connects directly to grass roots conservative populists, which provides him and his type within emergent overt king-making influence. It’s the George Wallace approach though within the party. This approach has never been successful until recently, as regional politicians who are nuts can increasingly attract fellow wingnuts nationally.

    What Sen. Paul ultimately hopes to get out of all this is probably the ability to raise money for a run at the presidency similar to how Barack Obama did it, a more grass roots approach. I doubt we’ll ever encounter a wisened Rand Paul running after a successful stint operating within the Senate like LBJ, he simply lacks the abilities necessary to work the Senate and his fellow Senators. So he needs to develop himself into an icon which is attractive to more than wingnuts, but also attractive to people like the Koch brothers a la Gov. Scott Walker who he’ll need to gain the serious level of money necessary to compete with establishment Republicans.

  • So what appointment do you think that Rand Paul is going to get out of this?

    No idea. He currently serves on the following committees: Energy and Natural Resources; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Homeland Security and Government Affairs; and Small Business committees.

    So he’ll either be looking to move on up in seniority on one or more of those committees, or he’ll be looking to gain a seat on one of the more powerful committees.

    This is the reason he’s playing the dutiful son of the Republican Party — it’s all about next year’s committee assignments, which is really all a freshman senator can look for.

    I doubt running for president next time has much to do with it — he’s behind a bunch of heavyweight Republican names (I would add literally, in the case of Chris Christie, but I’ll be accused of being insensitive again…) any of who is much more likely to win the endorsement of establishment Republicans. Supporting Romney isn’t going to change anyone’s mind about him.

  • d cwilson

    He’s not the type, he’s an outsider and not an insider.

    The endorsement is his first step in changing that. Randy has seen how his father has gone nowhere by playing the outsider. He’s positioning himself for the 2016 or 2020 nomination and knows he has to suck up to the party leadership.

  • The endorsement is his first step in changing that. Randy has seen how his father has gone nowhere by playing the outsider. He’s positioning himself for the 2016 or 2020 nomination and knows he has to suck up to the party leadership.

    Yes, but not in the sense that he’s going to try and win the support of the Republican leadership in his bid for the Presidency–he knows that’s never going to happen. He’s playing nice because it will help get him better promotions within the party hierarchy over the next couple of years (i.e. juicier Senate committee assignments) that will raise his profile on the national stage.

  • d cwilson

    Yes, but not in the sense that he’s going to try and win the support of the Republican leadership in his bid for the Presidency–he knows that’s never going to happen.

    He’s a Paul. Never underestimate their capacity for self-delusion. If he’s even half as deluded as his father’s worshipers, he probably thinks he’s already next in line after Romney.