Following the announcement last Thursday by Senator Rand Paul that he was endorsing former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the Republican Party’s nominee for President, he took time to respond to critics of that decision in an interview with Peter Schiff. Said Rand: “Supporting the [Republican] nominee has been part of my [effort] to have influence…. If Republicans see that you are not going to support the nominee, then doors close.”
Rand’s strategy is much more political than ideological. He feels that he can do business with and make binding agreements with parties with whom he has major disagreements but those agreements can only be made if he is allowed “inside.”
That may be a very good strategy, according to Bob Akimbo, writing at the DailyPaul.com blog:
Let’s learn a lesson from the Trojan War. We can bang on the walls of the Federal Reserve until our fists bleed, but it will be a…lot easier if someone opens the door for us from the inside…
His endorsement of Romney gives him the political capital to put those issues [he favors] front and center…. Did you see that opportunity three years ago?
There is a strong element of pragmatism in Paul’s endorsement of Romney. In responding to his critics Paul told Schiff, “People say that ‘you’re selling your soul.’ No, I’m