National Review’s Robert Costa reported last night that Mitt Romney and Rand Paul met privately for about 30 minutes in Washington.
There's speculation all over the net what this means. I suspect we will know by the RNC.
At this time all that's clear is that Romney has to fear Paulites and the Tea Party and is looking for a way to pull them in under the big tent. Whether that can be done remains to be seen, especially as far as the Paulites go.
Rand plays a shrewd, game so there's no surprise in him not turning down a meeting with Romney.Further, Rand has much more of an establishment game than his father, so who knows what he said to Romney during their conversation. That said, I really don't think Rand can have a major influence over his father's supporters. If Romney's purpose was to try and get Rand to influence Paulites, then Romney is as clueless about Paulites as he is about the degree of threat Russia is to the U.S.
The meeting also signals that Rand could be a rising star at the RNC. How he plays his cards, and how libertarian he stays, could be the most interesting thing we learn from the August convention.