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.