The consistency with which Ron Paul comes to the assistance of Romney has been clear since the fall debates, and Paul almost never has a harsh word to say about Romney.

Paul’s media staff put together some of the most vicious and effective ads, but always against the rising not-Romney.

So, this is the question being asked in many places including by Chuck Todd:

And also by Mark Levin:

Perhaps there is no promise, it’s just power politics. Paul wants to be the not-Romney, or at least keep the others down so that he can be the kingmaker whose delegates push Romney over the top.

Paul doesn’t need promises now. He’ll do his bargaining when he is at maximum power, which will be in a couple of months.