What Happens to Rand Paul if Romney Wins?Submitted by LibertyChat on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 15:03
What I don’t think Rand Paul was considering when endorsing Romney, was that he might have helped himself become irrelevant till 2020. If the endorsement was enough help to gain enough Tea Party folk to come out and vote for Romney, or at least vote against Obama, it means that Rand Paul can’t run for President till the earliest 2020. Which also means that till 2020, he’s just one guy, with one vote, among 99 senators. The Liberty movement is not going to sit around and wait for Rand to possibly become President in 2020.
Lets also not forget that While Rand waits for his moment in the sun, he’ll also have to defend his Senate seat in 2016. As we’ve seen lately, no Senate or Congressional seat is safe in either party. In 2006 and 2008 the tide was with the Democrats. In 2010 and likely 2012, the tide is with Republicans.
If Romney’s record as Governor of Massachusetts is a prediction of how he’d do as President, my guess is after a few years of Romney the country will once again think they need Democrats. Rand might be in for a tough Senate battle in 2016, and might not have the same support from the Liberty movement like he had in 2010.
It’s possible Romney might pick Rand Paul as his VP. If that’s the case, Rand is now reduced from a daily vote, to a tie breaking vote, till 2020.
So who has the most to gain with Ron Paul retired and Rand Paul tied up? Whomever the 2016 Libertarian Presidential nominee is. It will also be a political windfall for the Libertarian Party. The amount of money that has gone to the Ron Paul campaign, instead of Gary Johnson’s campaign, must be frustrating to the Libertarian party.
If Romney wins, 2016 will be the first time since 2004, that the Libertarian Presidential nominee doesn’t have to compete with a Paul. The amount of registrations, donations, and volunteers lost to the Paul campaign, will now be up for grabs. Up for grabs that is, unless the Libertarian Party nominates a no name, or someone that doesn’t excite the Liberty movement like Ron Paul was able to do.
The Liberty movement is very particular about who they get behind. The person’s record needs to be as close to perfect as was Ron Paul’s, or they won’t hesitate to write in a candidate, or just give up on the political process.
The Libertarian party has a real chance at uniting the Liberty movement behind them. With the right candidate, they have a real chance at taking on the corrupt two-party system and winning. This could also be the Libertarian Party’s last chance to get it right.
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