He is no Hank Reardon but he isn't Ellsworth Toohey either. Rand is not his father, he's his own person. The ideals he shares with his father, though outnumber those they dont in terms of political philosophy. While Ron was consistent, Rand is effective. A Ron Paul is a once in a lifetime candidate, who could have won. Rand is a little less perfect yet a lot more practical and he can win.