I've been thinking about this for a while. The Paul & Son team are not idiots. They are pretty smart guys. Rand has given his endorsement, and Ron is probably going to give his at the convention. This upsets their base mightily, but I don't think they have thought this through yet. It's obvious that they would not give an endorsement unless it leads to bigger and better things for the USA, like a return of greater liberty, fiscal conservatism, and the large lurch to the right that this country so desperately needs. I don't think they would alienate their base, unless the prize were of suitable benefit to the liberty movement, as to be worth the suffering of slings and arrows from the normal Paul sites. I've lurked on a few of those recently, and while the masses are gnashing teeth and wailing, some of the leaders have come forward with some pretty good ideas about why they are doing this. Rand has a shot at 2016. If he does not act like a republican, and endorse the nominee, he will be pummeled and treated as an outsider riding the Republican Brands coat tails, like his father. Rand has already made it a step higher than his dad. What's the old saying, every Senator sees a President when he looks in the mirror?? But the future is a long way off. What Romney needs now is support. What would it take to make it worth Paul giving his heartfelt (in words anyway) endorsement of Romney. Just some ideas: 1. Rand as VP? 2. Ron as a Secretary of the Treasury? 3. Ron as Chairman of the Fed? 4. Ron as Supreme Court Justice? What do you think?