Comment: Did they figure out that Romney was a fake conservative?

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Did they figure out that Romney was a fake conservative?

No. They bought into the image which Romney created for himself, and never became aware that underneath he was the same as Obama.

Likewise, they will buy into the mainstream conservative image which Rand has created for himself, and never become aware of his underlying libertarianism.

This is why I'm talking about the reality/appearance distinction. What matters when discussing how voters will behave is the appearance: the MSM produced appearance. Rand is managing that so that he appears as a mainstream conservative. The masses will not look any deeper. The fact that they habitually don't look deeper than MSM bullcrap is exactly the reason, for example, that RP didn't win. If most voter were better informed we wouldn't need to pander, would we? But they aren't, so we do.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."