Lew Rockwell: Rhetoric is a political ruse to make Ron Paul appear as a sell out
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, February 24, 2012
Former Ron Paul staffer Lew Rockwell says that talk of an alliance between Mitt Romney and Ron Paul is an “establishment trick” to smear Paul by making him appear as a sell out.
Rockwell, who served as Ron Paul’s congressional chief of staff from 1978 to 1982 and remains close to Paul and several campaign insiders, told the Alex Jones Show that rhetoric about a potential partnership wherein Ron Paul would be granted a VP slot was merely a political ruse to “make Ron Paul supporters like Romney”.
The controversy received fresh impetus earlier this week when Rick Santorum and his campaign manager claimed Paul and Romney were in cahoots to shoot down Santorum’s candidacy. The talking point has subsequently been pushed by the mainstream media, including a Washington Post article today that speculates on whether the alliance is genuine.
Rockwell said that although Romney may be a pleasant person, his political positions are anathema to Ron Paul given the fact that he is a globalist, a big government advocate and a warmonger.
“Just because he looks good in a suit doesn’t mean that he’s not one of the top creeps, otherwise he wouldn’t be supported by the Republican establishment and by the establishment in general, so no we don’t want anything to do with him except to oppose him,” said Rockwell.
“They would never let Ron Paul be Vice President…the idea that the regime would invite him into office is just science fiction,” said Rockwell, explaining that the only way for Paul to be on the Republican ticket would for for his supporters to vote him in.
Rockwell explained that the motivation behind the rhetoric was founded in the establishment’s fear of Ron Paul gathering enough delegates to influence the Republican convention.
“They want to diminish him, they want to smear him, this is smear number 185 and I’m sure they’ll be others to come, it’s just another trick, they’re not going to ask him to become vice president, it’s just not going to happen,” said Rockwell, adding that the risk of Ron Paul using the office of vice president to derail a Romney administration was too big a risk to take for the establishment.
As we highlighted in our previous article, considerations of a political alliance with Romney, if they exist at all, are likely coming from misguided advisors within the Paul campaign and are not embraced by Paul himself.