It’s all coming down to this: Ron Paul is staying in this race in order to assist Romney, because he wants his son to be on the Presidential ticket with Mitt Romney. As he travels around stumping on the basis of his limited government position, all he’s really angling for his to get his son on the ticket with the most liberal candidate in this race. I wonder if the people who are supporting Ron Paul know this, because if not, they’re in for a big surprise. I’ve never seen such a thing. Talk about opposites: Ron Paul wants Mitt Romney because he’s considering his son for the VP slot, but the problem is that the only way he can do that is to defeat Rick Santorum, and in tonight’s debate on CNN, the elder Paul had every chance to criticize Romney, but he didn’t, and instead spent his time hammering Santorum. This is not a coincidence, as the article linked about makes plain.
I like many of the things Ron Paul stands for in the domestic arena, but the problem is that I now know he’s a shill candidate, and it’s been increasingly clear for some time. This is a sell-out of the first order because irrespective of whether the younger Paul is on the ticket, the problem remains: Romney can’t win, but even if he did, Rand Paul will be nearly powerless to effect policy changes, and virtually none of Ron Paul’s positions will be adopted. If Ron Paul’s supporters are willing to stand for that, frankly, I don’t know what to make of them any longer. Romney’s presidency would be the antithesis of everything Ron Paul has advocated.
At the conclusion of the debate on CNN, Anderson Cooper came on as the stage emptied of the candidates, and I watched with interest as Mitt Romney got up and directly went to shake Ron Paul’s hand and exchange a few words with him. He should have kissed his backside instead, as Paul never failed to attack Rick Santorum throughout.
Now that I better understand Ron Paul’s actual agenda, it’s easier to walk away from him. He may be willing to settle for a campaign that ends with getting his Senator son on the Mitt Romney ticket, but I certainly am not. This is why people become so frustrated with politics: Politicians sell them out while soliciting their donations, and broker behind-the-scenes deals for the sake of personal expedience. Unreal.