The Washington Post is running a front page article today, “For Romney and Paul, a strategic alliance between establishment and outsider.” It seems like something that Millennial Star readers may wish to comment on, so I’m putting it here rather than the sidebar.
Despite deep differences on a range of issues, Romney and Paul became friends in 2008, the last time both ran for president. So did their wives, Ann Romney and Carol Paul. The former Massachusetts governor compliments the Texas congressman during debates, praising Paul’s religious faith during the last one, in Jacksonville, Fla. Immediately afterward, as is often the case, the Pauls and the Romneys gravitated toward one another to say hello.
The Romney-Paul alliance is more than a curious connection. It is a strategic partnership: for Paul, an opportunity to gain a seat at the table if his long-shot bid for the presidency fails; for Romney, a chance to gain support from one of the most vibrant subgroups within the Republican Party.
A Romney presidency offers the possibility of Paul playing a role in shaping policy and not just opinion. To borrow and modify the Jimmy Carter slogan, don’t send them a message, send them a Treasury Secretary.