I find it hard to be charitable over what I view as a complete sell out of the principles that drove the campaign of Rand’s father Ron. Rand is basically conceding that it is most important to elect a Republican — any Republican — as president and is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that end. The senator’s endorsement cited his discovery of considerable common ground with Romney, something his father never managed to achieve. The common ground includes “reforming the Federal Reserve, limiting regulations, and opposing the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act.” Take note Rand that Mitt has not agreed to audit the fed, limiting regulations is a promise every presidential candidate makes, and stopping SOPA is great, but if Mitt manages to start World War III by attacking Iran it would be a poor trade off. What else do the two men have in common?  Apart from ambition, I would venture to guess nothing.

Ironically, I received an email solicitation from Rand Paul yesterday as part of an appeal for the Campaign for Liberty. Rand wrote that he is fighting battles every day in the US Senate against “statists” and “ever expanding Big Government schemes.” Hard to see where Mitt fits into that struggle, as he wants to grow the Pentagon and does not seem particularly concerned about government size and public-sector deficits. Truly, the Rand Paul endorsement of Mitt Romney, a situation in which he could just well have kept his mouth shut, is the unkindest cut of all. If we can only aspire to enduring another dreadful four years for our country, he might just as well have endorsed Obama.

P.S. Rand, I will be writing in your father’s name on my ballot for president.