Jeremy Cordon 
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Re: “Rand's endorsement of Mitt is a step toward the Party of Paul

Those of you who are still hostile towards Rand, I ask that you please read this:

It is perfectly normal for someone to be cynical of a person like Mitt Romney. It is also reasonable to keep an eye on your political allies, and to question the decisions that they make in the realm of politics. I understand where you are coming from with your skepticism.

But with someone as significant as Rand, his actions deserve close analysis before any rushed judgments are made about his intentions and his integrity. We ought to understand his reasoning before we make any decisions about not supporting him.

Most of you have been able to recognize that Rand made his endorsement for the sake of political strategy. It is indeed a way for Rand to work within the system for the benefit of our movement.

However, many people have characterized Rand’s strategy entirely the wrong way. People have suggested, for example, that “Rand is selling his soul to the dark side” or “Rand is making a deal with the devil.” Neither of those characterizations is accurate.

Rand is maintaining the friendship and respect of misguided politicians in his party, so that going forward, he will have the ability to open their minds to the merits of libertarian ideas.

Rand is simply following a routine party member obligation to endorse the party nominee. As the member of a political party, it is normal and respectful to endorse the party’s nominee for President, even if one disagrees very sharply with whoever that nominee is.

By endorsing the party nominee, Rand is able to maintain the respect of many of his Republican colleagues in the Senate, especially those who may disagree with him on the issues. Maintaining a level of courtesy and friendship with your political adversaries is the best way to persuade them to open their minds to your ideas.

If Rand refused to endorse the party nominee, he would immediately lose the respect of his fellow Republicans in the Senate. This would have the following consequences:

1) Rand would become an isolated Senator, unable to persuade other Republicans on the merits of his libertarian ideas, and unable to pass any legislation. He would be an outsider, and he wouldn’t be taken seriously by any other Republican senators.

2) Republicans would begin to see Rand as an enemy within the party, and during his next election he would be targeted for removal in the GOP senate primary.

Endorsement of the party nominee does NOT mean agreement on the issues. Rand has maintained his pro-liberty positions on the issues. During his meeting with Gov. Romney, Rand even got the chance to put a bug in Romney’s ear about many liberty issues, including auditing the Fed and maintaining internet freedom.

Keep in mind that Rand still opposes the NDAA, opposes the PATRIOT Act, opposes the War on Drugs, opposes domestic drones, opposes the War in Afghanistan, and supports cutting the bloated military budget. Rand is by far the only Republican willing to take such positions, and he is definitely the most libertarian member of the Senate.

People ought to remember that it’s important to have a viable political strategy in order to succeed politically. Rand is taking his father’s ideas to the next level by integrating them into the political game. He is determined to succeed in the places where his father never could—making legislative inroads and persuading more conservatives.

Rand’s political strategy has always been about taking his father’s message and tweaking it up so that it appeals to more mainstream conservatives. He has been quite successful at this, and Rand would not have won the Kentucky Senate race without this strategy of appealing to both libertarians AND conservatives.

For that reason, Rand is the most likely person from our movement to win the GOP nomination and win the Presidency. It would be complete and utter suicide for our movement if we choose to stop supporting Rand, because he has so much potential.

I hope I have persuaded you to reconsider your thoughts about Rand Paul.

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Posted by Jeremy Cordon on June 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM
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