It is the fact that Rand clearly wants the ring of power that he will continue to take non-libertarian positions in order to gain enough supporters to get to 50.1%. It is impossible for a hardcore libertarian to ever become president, so he will move as far away from that position as necessary. The problem with this approach is that the further he moves away from libertarianism, the more damage he does to the liberty movement. We will not be able to achieve liberty by tricking people into voting for a libertarian. Not only will TPTB not let a Trojan horse through the door, but the people would riot if he somehow managed to slip through the cracks and started to implement libertarian ideas once he became president. Unless people are convinced that abolishing government is the solution in any particular trouble area, then they will be like the Greeks marching in the streets because they are seeing cutbacks in their "benefits". The only way to achieve liberty is to educate people that it is in their best interest to have it. Any attempt to advocate government solutions to government created problems will only set us back in this regard.Followed by this comment from Tony:
And once you understand that, you will defend no politician from ANY libertarian criticism. If the politician is a truly principled guy, not only will he easily be able to stand the criticism; he will actually welcome it because he knows libertarians are independent thinkers that question all authority. Libertarians don't have "faith" in any politician.
Unfortunately, a number of commenters here on this blog still don't understand that. They still don't know how to question ALL authority, and lash out at those that do.
Rand-apologists and Amash-apologists are prime examples of that.
BOTTOM LINE: Politics should only be used to promote libertarian ideas. Which means, given the current views of the general public, almost all libertarian candidates will lose. Any "libertarian" that actually wins office should be viewed with suspicion.