I figure Rand was trying to play "Good cop bad cop" with the GOP establishment, with the neocons as the crooks, him as the "good" cop, and his dad as the "bad". Then, if Romney had won, he'd have been able to push them into adopting many of the liberty platforms in order to placate us and try to suck us back in. This might have produced substantial progress, giving him the leverage to try for more and to snowball this into the conversion of the GOP that we've been striving for.
The downside, of course, is that integrity is one of Ron's major selling points. By appearing, to the Neocons, to be willing to compromise, he appears to us as less than a paragon, as well.
With the GOP loss, of course, he doesn't get the advantage of having pull with the people in the driver's seat. But up until election night it wasn't obvious that Romney would lose. So he was our hedge.
Now he is still in a position to serve as a spokesman for liberty issues in the Senate and continue to promote these issues within the twitching wreck of the GOP. As the Republicans try to rebuild he can push for them to change for the better - and use the recent debacle as a very strong argument for "doing it right this time".
If Romney had won the perception within the GOP would have been that they could get away with shafting the liberty-minded grass roots. The rules changes making the GOP into a self-perpetuating clique would have stayed in place, the party would have continued to alienate their potential recruits, and the rot would have progressed. With the substantial loss there will be a restructuring, and one way it COULD go is the one we tried for this time around. Rand could be a significant driver of that change. Or it could go the other way, with the GOP becoming nothing but Neocons and dwindling into insignificance (JUST like the Whigs did, leading to the GOP's graduation to the big leagues).
Fortunately, we don't have to put all our eggs in any one basket. We can now assume the GOP is dead and build elsewhere, unless it proves otherwise by coming begging to us and gives us real power in the reconstruction of the party.
Meanwhile, if Rand gets the GOP nomination for Prez, I don't care if he's not a clone of his father. He's a HELL of a lot better than any of the Ds OR any of the Neocons. If he only gets us 80% of our agenda in four years, that's far better than letting some tweedle-dumber take us farther down the road to totalitarianism.
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"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."
That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.
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