Dr. Paul's delegates will be very important in choosing the Republican nominee. Romney, and the others, will want those delegates desperately. This is why it is more important than ever to keep up the effort to get the Ron Paul votes out. Every additional delegate that Dr. Paul walks into the convention with will make him that much stronger in terms of negotiating power.
The key question than becomes, what does Dr. Paul demand for his delegates?Could the answer be Rand Paul as a vice-presidential candidate?
News stories have been popping up reporting on the warm relationship between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. Those kinds of things don't happen by accident. It's probably a signal to call the dogs off Dr. Paul. Not to promote Dr. Paul, but simply to call off the attacks. Something could be brewing, and now this from FOX News:
On Wednesday, Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and host of MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown,” rhetorically asked: “Just what has Romney promised Ron Paul.”Mitt Romney needs the Tea Party voters, Rand Paul could deliver them.
Nobody knows if some sort of bargain has been made, but it is interesting that Rep. Ron Paul has never really attacked Mitt Romney, yet he has frequently attacked more conservative candidates at just the moment they were beginning to pose a threat to Romney. (For example, consider his latest ad, attacking Rick Santorum.)
The timing has been noticeable.
Now, a Kentucky media outlet, WFPL News, might be offering us a clue:
Kentucky’s junior senator says it would be an honor to be considered as a possible running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
… After a speech in Louisville today, [Sen. Rand] Paul held that door firmly open, saying he wants to be part of the national debate.
… “I don’t know if I can answer that question, but I can say it would be an honor to be considered,” he said.