A Corrupt Bargain?
There’s an interesting story up on The Daily Caller website which explores the possibility that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has cut some sort of a backroom deal with U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
Outlandish speculation? That’s what we thought at first … although in our defense we’re avowed “Paul-tards,” as the GOP establishment likes to refer to Ron Paul supporters.
“It is interesting that (Paul) has never really attacked (Romney), yet he has frequently attacked more conservative candidates at just the moment they were beginning to pose a threat to Romney,” reporter Matt K. Lewis notes.
Well … that’s not entirely true. Paul has been harshly critical of each one of his GOP rivals – including an ad bashing all three of them just days before the South Carolina GOP presidential primary. We suppose there may be a question of timing and emphasis, though, which is why for the purpose of this article we included Lewis’ quote as “Exhibit A.”
A report from a Kentucky radio station in which U.S. Sen. Rand Paul – Ron’s son – said that “it would be an honor” to be considered as a possible Romney vice presidential candidate.
Wait … what?
Sadly, he didn’t stutter …
Assuming that some Romney-Paul deal has been struck we wholeheartedly support it … well, as long as somebody promises to put a bullet through Romney’s head the second after he’s taken the oath of office.
(Note to Romney’s Secret Service detail … we’re kidding).
Seriously, though … such a corrupt bargain would be worse than awful if it came to pass. In fact it would be nothing short of cataclysmic.
This website enthusiastically endorsed Ron Paul’s candidacy for the very simple reason that he’s not a sellout (like practically every other politician in Washington). He has a lengthy record of walking the walk on the fiscal and libertarian issues that matter most to us, and he’s the only candidate in the 2012 race who has proposed anything resembling the sort of spending cuts required to restore some semblance of fiscal sanity to our out-of-control federal government.
Paul wouldn’t sacrifice decades worth of credibility on an endorsement of Romney (or the withhold legitimate criticism of the pandering flip-flopper), would he? And his son – a genuine “rising star” within the limited government movement – wouldn’t betray all those supporters to play second fiddle to Romney, would he?
Let’s hope not …
If such a deal does go down, though, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson’s candidacy (Google it, he exists) would likely receive a huge influx of support.
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