Paul doesn’t blame Romney for doubting or obstructing his campaign. But if Romney becomes the nominee he will definitely look like an establishment figure and could be part of Paul’s unnamed “they.”…

Paul wants his ideas and his impassioned followers to be recognized in the party’s platform and at the party convention…

But it’s clear Paul’s movement – one fifth of the vote in Iowa and nearly a quarter in New Hampshire – cannot be ignored. Paul’s flirtation with a third party run is but one dimension of this budding drama. If Paul doesn’t run as an independent, you can bet he will seek specific policies in the 2012 platform and a prominent roll at the convention. Can you say prime time speech?