One of the strangest aspects of this strange presidential campaign season is the close friendship that has developed between uber-libertarian Ron Paul and and plutocrat Mitt Romney.
Three weeks ago today, I wrote about this peculiar phenomenon HERE, and there have since been numerous other media musings on how Paul and Romney have become such good buddies.
This relationship has gone well beyond mere cordiality. It’s become downright political. On more than one occasion, Paul has dipped into his campaign kitty to pay for ads attacking Romney’s principal rivals for the Republican nomination. In Iowa, for example, when Newt Gingrich was riding high in the polls a month or so before the January caucuses, Paul unleashed a flurry of ads denigrating the former speaker of the House. The result: Gingrich finished in fourth place.
And now that Rick Santorum has become a top-tier candidate, Paul is giving the Romney campaign some of his opposition research on the former senator and is running this slick attack ad in Michigan: