...disagree about the appearance. On select issues and at certain times he makes himself appear mainstream in the interest of practical politics (the source of anti-Rand sentiments among some Paulites), but his image is still far from that of a generic Republican. He's well known by the public as a leader of the more staunchly conservative faction of the GOP. A generic Republican, by contrast, would be someone like McCain or Graham. Just read some MSM articles: Rand is often mentioned (along with fakes Ryan and Rubio) as a conservative challenger to the Republican establishment.