Rand is essentially engaging in classic democracy-style politics by playing every side of the coin, it's Machiavellian, but also very effective. America is an incoherent nation, and considering who has been elected president over the past several decades, incoherence sells quite well.
The only thing I'm a little concerned about is that if Rand gets to good at this his policies might become incoherent once elected, but I think his father has his ear more than people know. This is particularly helpful given that it gets sycophants like O'Reilly, Limbaugh and Hannity to take a non-aggressive posture against him, which will help him a lot in the coming presidential primaries.
“My attitude toward progress has passed from antagonism to boredom. I have long ceased to argue with people who prefer Thursday to Wednesday because it is Thursday.” - G.K. Chesterton
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