There are two things you need to know about the son of antiwar maverick Ron. First, he’s running for president in 2016. The talk of DC is that he doesn’t much enjoy being a senator and his actions since election have suggested he’s more interested in courting the Tea Party than legislating. Second, he’s going to soften his father’s message in order to do it. The word is that he’s building up to a significant speech outlining an approach to foreign policy that distances himself from Ron Paul’s legacy. The events of the last few days seem to confirm the gossip.As I have pointed out before, Rand, in order to expand his base, will continue to move farther away from libertarian principle and his father's positions. Stanley is correct in also noting:
Then there’s the question of, “is he picking the right issues on which to redefine himself?” Reform of foreign aid doesn’t have a huge constituency. For those who want to see it scrapped in its entirety, the idea that it might be retained in limited cases won’t appeal. Moderate voters might balk at the humanitarian impact of cutting aid, and foreign policy hawks will hate any talk of cuts. On Israel, it’s rather myopic to think that softening on one part of the issue will gain Paul many friends. Support for Israel’s right to exist doesn’t stop at rhetorical backing for its right to defend itself but would necessitate a recalibration of much of Paul’s foreign policy. Would he support or even involve America in a strike against Iranian nuclear facilities? Would he militarily defend Israel if it was attacked?Rand will, of course, eventually be asked these questions. His answers will be informative. If my views are correct about the direction Rand is heading in, the answers will be disappointing to hardcore libertarians. Further, it is doubtful the Rand move away from libertarian principle will be limited to positions about foreign entanglements, it will involve domestic issues. Given the attitudes and understandings of the American masses, there is no way at present that a person will be elected to the White House by holding hardcore libertarian positions. The only question that thus remains is on which issues will the sellouts occur.