...are not veiled attacks on Carol, that's absurd. I don't expect the OP believes that either; suggesting it is only a way of smearing the anti-Randers. IMO, most of the people who attack Rand on a regular basis are well-intentioned, just badly mistaken. Some, however, I have no doubt are here to cause trouble for us. I suspect that our political opponents have long-since realized that they get no traction with us attacking Ron, or attacking the ideas, so instead they attack Rand, and anyone else who could potentially play a leadership role in the future. No doubt they would like to see the movement splinter and die with Ron. If they succeed in convincing a majority of us that every potential leader is a shill, that's exactly what will happen.
"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."