First here is Raimondo responding to apparent upset about the column from the Rand camp:
@senrandpaul @drrandpaul You're complaining I cited this news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/… -- so what DID happen?Raimondo's commentary is here.
— Justin Raimondo (@JustinRaimondo) January 18, 2013
Of note, during my interview of Doug Wead on the Robert Wenzel Show, which will be posted here at EPJ this Sunday, Wead provides a very calculating explanation of why Rand chose to visit Israel so close after the 2102 presidential election.
As Raimondo suggests and Wead tends to openly state, Rand is attempting to garner the evangelical support and at the same time maintain his father’s staunchly anti-interventionist libertarian followers at the same time.
Wead told me during the interview that Rand had to do the trip to Israel to signal to the evangelicals, but he had to do the trip early because when it gets closer to the 2016 presidential race there will be too much focus on Rand and mainstream media would portray a Rand trip at that time in a negative light.
Sen. Paul’s efforts to sell himself as a mouthpiece for the Greater Israel lobby will fall flat: there are other tools out there, more willing, and with better presidential prospects. Short of changing his name to Paul Rand, and announcing his conversion to Christian Zionism, I’m afraid the freshman Senator from Kentucky is out of luck.However, during my interview of Wead, who is close to Rand, Wead claims this is exactly what Rand thinks he can pull off.
Don't miss the Wead interview, his comments are likely to enrage many across the political and religious spectrum. I'm talking about many. Twice during the show he manages to claim Jesus Christ was, at certain times, coped out. I'm not sure how well that is going to go down with the evangelicals that Rand is trying to court.