A story broke in the Daily Caller which outlines a comment made by Rand Paul that implies some collusion between Team Romney and Team Paul. Rand Paul said “it would be an honor to be considered” as Romney’s vice-president. On the surface the comment seems rather innocent, but when you stand back and look at the relationship between Ron Paul and Mitt Romney you begin to see a very valid picture being painted.
Ron Paul has attacked every candidate except Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney has SERIOUSLY attacked every candidate with vicious, almost rabid, scorched earth hatred except Ron Paul. Ron Paul’s wife is very close friends with Ann Romney, and the Pauls’ have stayed at the homes of the Romneys’ during their campaigns.
When you look at their strategy implementation they each attack the opposition simultaneously. First Rick Perry, then Herman Cain, then Newt Gingrich and most recently Rick Santorum. The only one not attacked was Michele Bachmann who, not coincidently, was doing the previous debate attack work for Romney toward Rick Perry, Santorum, and Gingrich. As soon as Michele Bachmann left the race Ron Paul took over the Job of attacking anyone but Romney.
So what would Romney have to gain from this? Oh, A WHOLE BUNCH. A HUGE BUNCH. First he obviously benefits from the diminishing of the other candidates. Second, attacks from people other than him afford him a certain anonymity now that people are aware of his hateful ‘destroy at all costs’ disposition. But most importantly you can see the benefit from a convention where the size of Ron Paul’s delegates, if thrown to Romney, would instantaneously insure him of the nomination. It would be certain.
There has been something obvious about their relationship as noted above, but there was always something I personally could not quite put my finger on. The fact that Romney might give Rand Paul the VP spot in exchange for Ron Paul’s support totally makes sense and certainly explains a lot. Here are two recent articles pointing in this general direction: