The 2012 Republican primaries have been anything but normal. They’ve been all over the map in fact. It could have been Newt Gingrich (the ‘moon base’ guy), Rick Santorum (the ‘ultra-conservative planned parenthood funding, team player’), and so many others.
In the end the only ones that really had a shot was Mitt Romney and Ron Paul. All over the internet though, you have this:
There are a few things to consider. How bad do the Republicans want this election? Enough to put up Ron Paul as the Vice President? Wait, wait! Hear me out on this… think about it for a second. If Romney loses this election, he fades into the dust. Either way, Ron Paul never runs in another election again. Putting up Ron Paul as Vice President probably almost guarantees a win for Romney. The Vice President has no real power, but he has enough as a figure head to tame back the liberty movement. They’ll have their win, and might also fade into the dust, or at least that would be the hope of the RNC.
However, if for some reason Romney does not win, it’s more than likely that 2016 is a totally open race on both sides again (I highly doubt Biden will seek his own presidency). If history tells us anything, this is probably good for the Republicans. They could put all those up and comers in a grand battle. Rand Paul, Mark Rubio, Chris Christie, Jim DeMint, Paul Ryan, and others. All fresh faces. People would pay attention.
As far as I am concerned, it’s almost a win-win scenario.