I missed the point about any suspense about who wrote the check. It says:
In response to a subpoena, Sorenson turned over an uncashed $25,000 check he said his wife received from Dimitri Kesari, who was Paul's deputy national campaign manager. The check, from the checkbook of a Virginia jewelry business owned by Kesari's wife, was dated Dec. 26, 2012, two days before Sorenson joined Paul's campaign.
I just assumed that a check written on the business account of Kesari's wife's business would have been written by Kesari's wife or Kesari himself. But the check was "received from Dimitri Kesari" so that seems to be what matters, along with of course the question of who else knew about it.
I understand the idea of Rand "playing the game," but I don't think it works. Even if it works in the sense of winning the election, it's a self-defeating strategy. Because all the compromises and promises and deals he'd have to make to get into the oval office aren't about what he says during the election, they're about what he can be counted on to do after the election. If he sticks with those promises and compromises, the deals about crony appointments and everything else that's part of "playing the game," then he's a liberty-leaning Republican perhaps but hampered in what he can really do. And if he gets into the oval office and suddenly stops playing the game, and instead standing on principle, he just as suddenly loses all that support in Congress and any chance of re-election.
I don't think he's going to be given a serious shot at it, frankly. They only want him to try to appease the "tea party" long enough to keep a third-party challenger out of the picture. They'll ask him to be a team player and bow out, dangling 2020 or 2024 in front of him -- but that's just them playing the game, too. He tells them what they want to hear, they tell him what he wants to hear and what his supporters want to hear.
I also expect that by the time he does bow out they'll have gotten so many compromises from him, the pro-[that country] stance on sanctions he's already taken to appease the war side of the neocons, and he'll need to take a big-government stance on social issues rather than the leave-it-to-the-states stance that Ron Paul took, etc., etc., that by the time he bows out they'll have largely eviscerated his support in the liberty movement except from the most die-hard of Rand supporters. And then they'll have won the game.
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