Denial is not just a river in Egypt. It’s Ron Paul’s tactic to deflect claims that he’s coordinating with Mitt Romney on attacks against Gingrich and Santorum during this whole primary campaign. Last week rumors began coursing through the interwebs that Ron Paul had a secret pact with Mitt Romney to destroy the two more conservative presidential candidates to boost Romney’s candidacy but now Paul denies the claims.

Last week it was widely noted that Ron Paul has spent little time during this primary season attacking Mitt Romney even though Romney has been perceived as the front runner since the first days of the campaign. Instead, Paul has spent millions creating attack ads slamming Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich leaving Romney virtually untouched by the Paul slime machine.

People began to wonder why that was and speculation reached a fever pitch when Ron Paul’s son, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, told the Old Media that he would be honored to be considered as Romney’s vice presidential pick.

It isn’t just folks on the Internet speculating, either. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough also claimed it was obvious that “Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have formed an alliance.” (Granted, consider the source)

Even Rick Santorum himself has said he thinks if is obvious that such an alliance has been formed.

It is a darn good question to ask, though. Why is Paul attacking the lower tier candidates and not the big dog? Has Paul formed such an alliance?

Paul says no.

“I don’t know what all that meant,” Paul chuckled backstage of a rally he held here at Central Michigan University. “No, we’ve never had a conversation, anything like that… but he’s a family person, I’ve known him for five years, so it is a little bit different. But I don’t agree with [him on] hardly anything probably.”

Paul admits that he’s never volunteered an attack on Romney, but says there is no specific reason behind that reticence to attack.

In his article, Right Pundit’s Andrew Zarowny says that Paul’s is not stupid enough to assume he could possibly win the nomination and is instead interested in “building a movement.”

Paul may imagine he is doing that, but the fact is he’s built a cult, not a movement. Once he leaves the scene after this primary is over (Paul has said he’ll retire at the end of his current term in the House even if he doesn’t win the nomination) his followers will mostly just fade back into the woodwork from whence they came.

The fact is, most Ron Paul fans are not voters. For the most part, they are not vested in the system. They stand outside it as critics and don’t vote. They are a conspiracy-minded sort, the kind that pride themselves on not being to blame for the way things are, the sort that thinks they are somehow too smart to be fooled by politics. They view themselves are better, smarter, more pure than the evils of our system and so, they are proudly not part of it.

That being the case, once Paul is gone, most of them will go back to scoffing about politics and proudly proclaiming that they don’t vote in this “farce” of a system.

So, what is Paul doing? It’s part greed, part arrogance, and probably a smidgeon of a hope that he can both help his son and have a say in the debate over the GOP platform and the direction of the party. All these are more realistic than thinking he’ll be president. He knows he won’t.

My opinion is that he does, indeed, have such an alliance with Mitt — the one Paul obviously assumes will win the nomination. Paul is currying favor both for his son’s future and his own ability to channel the party toward his own ideals to the greatest extent he can in his waning years.

Yes, that means I’m calling Ron Paul a liar.