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Mitt Romney’s secret weapon?
According to Rick Santorum, it’s none other than Ronald Ernest Paul – avowed Constitutionalist, self-righteous libertarian and longtime Keebler elf.
The New York Times reports that over the weekend Santorum described Ron Paul as having been Mitt Romney’s “wing-man” at the most recent GOP debate.
Santorum has good reason to be on the defensive: not only did he emerge from the debate noticeably scathed, Paul’s frank assessment of him as a “fake” emerged as the evening’s most memorable soundbite.
But is there really a sinister partnership between the famously independent Paul and the infamously dependent (on his party’s patience) Romney? And Ron Paul as Romney’s wingman?
An undeniable combination, to be sure: a little sweet talk about dismantling the Department of Education gets the ladies warmed up for that cool, confident, noncommittal Massachusetts swagger.
Was Santorum the only one to feel – really feel – the chemistry between those two?
“The coordination that I felt at that debate the other night was pretty clear,” Mr. Santorum said in response to a question from the audience. “I felt like the messages were being slipped behind my chair.”
Well, the coordination that he felt was pretty clear at least; whether it was clear to the rest of us remains unclear. Maybe someone should tell Mom.
What does Ron Paul make of Santorum’s accusation?
Is Rick Santorum the victim of a conspiracy between “the Ron Paul faction and the moderate establishment” to KO “the true conservative in this race”? Or is it more likely that Ron Paul just has a special place in his heart for Republicans who talk like a fiscal conservatives but waddle like a big spenders?
Also, ever wonder how Ron Paul became such an expert on the U.S. Constitution? This recently unearthed footage of a young RP proves that he’s come a long way: