Rand Paul to Paul fans: Let's face it, we lost

“Politics is messy,” said Paul. The facts were the facts: “Ron Paul got a small percentage of the primary vote and a larger percentage of the delegates. You could argue they had a disproportionate influence.” Not that he was knocking their effort, but “we can’t take our toys and go home. I think the best way to influence the party is to stay in the party, to make the party bigger and stronger.”

The fireworks have been fun. But not even the Pauls think they benefitted from them. Funny enough, it was the second breakfast speaker, Ted Cruz, who sounded the only discordant note about Romney.

“Republicans get in trouble when we worry about whose turn it is,” he said. “That doesn’t have a history of going well for us.”