I’ve been seeing all kinds of abuse being hurled at Rand Paul for his endorsement of Mitt Romney in this year’s presidential election. He doesn’t deserve any of it. Let’s recapitulate some facts for the benefit of blinkered Ron Paul devotees abusing Rand:
- Ron Paul can’t win the GOP nomination. I don’t care what Alex Jones told you. Get over it.
- Someone named either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney will win the election. I don’t care who does; I’ll be voting for Gary Johnson. Regardless, Rand’s endorsement won’t make a bit of difference. He did something nice for the people (Republicans) he will have to work with and get to support him for the next several years. It was purely symbolic.
- Let’s recall what Rand has done in the Senate:
- Singlehandedly killed a terrible amendment to the indefinite-detention provision that would otherwise have passed on a voice vote;
- Held up the Iran sanctions bill until an amendment was included to specify that it does not authorize force against Iran (remember how Bush abused that UN resolution to declare war on Iraq illegally?);
- Has gone on a crusade to abolish the TSA;
- Has won grudging admiration from his colleagues for his ability to use Senate rules and personal relationships to advance his agenda.
The man has our back in the Senate. I don’t agree with him on everything, but he’s a damn sight better than anyone else in that cesspool. I could now go on a rant about how libertarians continue to lose the fight for liberty with a weakness for prioritizing symbolism over substance, but I think I’ve made my point.