The gut reaction to the Rand Paul “honored” quote was not positive in this part of the DeathRattleSports circle. Now that we’ve received an explanation and had time to digest it all let’s examine what might be going on.
First the exact quote was:
I don’t know if I can answer that question, but I can say it would be an honor to be considered.
This is actually a polite way to say “no” under under normal campaign circumstances but the Paul campaign is not normal in beliefs nor conviction. Paul supporters have real concern that needs addressed. Mainly, why is Ron Paul getting along with Mitt Romney? There is a reason and unless Ron Paul has some crazy trick up his sleeve (other than VP) hopefully he’ll tell us or someone can explain it away.
The rumor caused a big stir in the Ron Paul camp, much bigger than you might think. Any truth that Ron Paul or Rand Paul are working with the Romney camp would be devastating to the campaign. Ron Paul has stood tall as an man who will not compromise his principals and an alliance with Romney taints that significantly.
It was my initial thinking that the Romney/Paul talk could be a trick by the establishment but still gobbled it up when Jack Burkman first suggested it on Freedom Watch. The prediction did carry some weight though because Judge Napolitano’s old Fox show is not the place expected to pull some establishment trick, even if it was not the Judge saying it. Napolitano reacted with interest to the idea because it is interesting. He was also ironically named by Ron Paul as a potential VP later in the week. In my opinion, that may be the libertarian dream team.
Lew Rockwell at InfoWars is claiming this is an establishment trick. He said it goes with two motives: First to discredit Ron Paul and second to make Romney seem tolerable. Both of these scenarios make sense but there are still some troubling points to ponder. There is a third scenario, which is to float these ideas to gauge interest (seems possible). Or possibly just float the ideas so when Ron Paul goes the 3rd party route there will be additional enthusiasm (seems unlikely because the enthusiasm would be crazy regardless).
Rockwell kept saying Ron Paul would never be VP. While that was the first rumor, the latest flurry dealt with Rand Paul becoming the Vice President. Rockwell kept saying Ron Paul can’t be corrupted or compromised but again, it is Rand whose name is being tossed into the ring.
Alex Jones relayed what should have been said:
I would say, no I wouldn’t take a VP slot from one of the other candidates, I can’t compromise. That’s a no-brainer.
Yes Alex Jones, that is the appropriate response, it is a no-brainer and that’s what we would have heard a couple months ago almost certainly.
Rand Paul has offered an explanation for the comment:
I think the story kind of got misrepresented, because you know when I was asked, every time I’m asked these kind of questions, these are hypothetical questions, I always say you know what? I still have my first choice in the race and that’s Ron Paul. My first choice would be a Ron Paul presidency and my first choice for a position would be an unofficial adviser to a Ron Paul presidency…
But when they push and push and push, and say ‘What about Romney? Would you do it?’ I mentioned that it would be an honor, and what I meant by that is sort of like if you were nominated for an academy award, what’s your response? You’d say “It’s be an honor to be nominated’ and so I think it would be silly for me not to say that if anybody considered me that I’d be honored by it, but I think it was somewhat overblown, it sort of fits into this sort of cabal that people write about…
This was posted on the Ron Paul facebook page and the Ron Paul 2012 website, so you know it’s a big deal for the Paul campaign.
Rather than an academy award though this contest feels more like American Idol or some kind of boxing match. In American Idol, it would not make any sense to say you’d be honored to be a background singer to the person currently in first place. It would also not make sense if your trainer before a fight told a reporter it would be an honor to be in the other fighters corner at any time. Maybe this is all just stupid?
Yeah, maybe, but….
Ron Paul is running as the only choice and raising money on that platform. So the correct response and the response 95% of Paul supporters probably hoped for was the Alex Jones response:
No I wouldn’t take a VP slot from one of the other candidates, I can’t compromise.
Most disturbing is the number of Paul faithful that are warming up to the VP idea already. Rockwell talking about how the second place finisher used to always be VP when America first began holding elections does not ease the pain. It’s Ron Paul or another libertarian candidate for president or nothing. The mantra by the campaign has been “No one but Paul” and Paulbots are preparing for Republican chaos and a 3rd party run if needed. It is the only way to unite the liberty movement.
Hopefully the campaign gets the message loud and clear. If you are a Paul supporter this is not a valid reason to give up on the campaign, as it is early. It is the right time to hold Ron Paul’s feet to the fire and remind him and his son why they gained prominence. The TEA Party was hijacked a long time ago and the godfather of TEA needs to attack all who stand against him. This list includes Obama, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney. It is the responsibility of citizens to let politicians know how they feel and every politician needs to hear it before compromise creeps in, even for Ron Paul whose lasting legacy hangs in the balance.