If endorsements don't mean anything at all, then why would anyone care to get an endorsement? The fact is that endorsements are used to sway opinion. Romney was desperate to portray himself as a conservative, but most Tea Party conservatives and Libertarian-wing Repulicans didn't buy into it. The Rand Paul endorsement was a plea to get more of these conservatives to vote for Romney.
Why do so many Ron Paul supporters care about the endorsement? I think it is because it shows Rand Paul plays political games and doesn't stand on principles. Most people around here desperately want politicians to stand on prinicple, even when it is politically unpopular. As a result, I feel that Rand Paul is destroying the base of his political support at the national level, all in an effort to gain acceptance into the GOP.
We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
-C. S. Lewis
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