That every go read this article by Nate Silver: http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/20/how-viab...
Once you read this, you will understand what Rand is doing.
While challenging the establishment, he is also fitting in with the establishment by making these key endorsements. By doing so, he is enabling himself to appeal to all Republicans within the party and arguably gaining approval from the most important group that enables one to get the nomination.
Purists will no doubt condemn this, but you know what, people who go by that approach will never become a serious contender within any major political party.
I think Rand is a very smart politician. And i think he is 'politicianing' the politicians, not the people.
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