This Notion that Rand Paul is Fooling the Establishment, is SillySubmitted by IanCioffi on Sat, 08/04/2012 - 08:56
The Ron Paul movement seems to be split down the middle on how they feel about Rand’s endorsement of Mitt Romney. But lets look at the argument in defense of his endorsement. The standard line is “he’s playing the game so he can win the White House”. This is said because it’s believed that’s the only way we could ever have a member of the Liberty movement reach that high of power. They would need to climb the political ranks covertly. Sort of like how evil people in politics pretend to have good intentions, well Rand is a good guy, pretending to be another Republican hack. This is the explanation for why he endorsed Mitt Romney. To play the game.
Well when you play a game that has competitors, you’re not guaranteed victory just for playing. You need a good strategy to win. So the supposed strategy by Rand Paul, according to his supporters, is to toe the line so that he convinces the establishment that he’s one of them, while slowly influencing the GOP with Libertarian-leaning philosophies. For this strategy to succeed, the establishment would need to be fooled. Is fooling them this simple?
Do you really think the establishment wouldn’t recognize that this is Ron Paul’s son? That there’s a good chance he really would end the establishment’s fun, if given control of the White House. You don’t think the establishment might have figured this out already, and are playing a wait and see with Rand? You think it would take the establishment much to destroy Rand if he truly got close to the White House?
One way Rand’s strategy is working, is he’s gaining in popularity, from segments of the GOP population that Ron Paul hasn’t been able to reach. But let’s stop this notion that he has the establishment “fooled”. They didn’t come this far, and gain this much power, to allow a Paul to sneak into control of the White House. My guess is if they don’t have Rand in their back pocket, they’re figuring out a not-so-friendly way of dealing with him.