For him to get the benefit of doubt, he would first need it. Except for the hyper-paranoid, most people have been thrilled with him from the start (before the start for some of us).
The way you framed this is a clue though to why you think he needs the benefit of the doubt. From the DP echo chamber, you might think we supporters believe that Rand is up to some secret agenda to be secretly as ultra-paranoid as the AJ fans on this site. That's not the case. He's the leading political figure of the revolution, not the leading ideological figure. That has always have been clear. His father is the ideological leader in our movement.
There's really two issues confusing this... 1. Alex 2. Jones. He sells paranoia to the logically challenged. When AJ yelled "oh noes, rand endorsed Mitt and sold out!!!' and Justin R joined in, that was all it took for the logically challenged among us to jump the shark, never to return.... that's why we're even reading your post today. Too bad.
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