Ron Paul, agree with him or not, is consistent in his usually right wing beliefs on small government and left leaning/socially liberal beliefs on gay rights and legalizing drugs. He may falter from time to time but compared to most politicians, he seems rather consistent and not flip flop. When Reagan or Clinton got caught on flip flopping they got crucified but to think of this?: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/12/opinion/cardona-rand-paul/index.html?hpt=hp_t3 Where one can defend a Reagan or Clinton for having to work with a Congress that was controlled by the opposing party and thus making a flip flop, I don't know what Rand Paul is all about. Some early supporters who were libertarian dropped off when it seemed like Rand was the establishment republican he swore he wasn't. Rand to me just tried to capitalize on his dad's grass roots supporters and now that he's there in DC and established, he's just another GOP talking head in the party that is more guilty of the flip flop. I think both desperate libertarians who can tolerate the GOP and desperate GOP stalwarts will support Rand as long as it seems like he stands a chance in 2016 against someone like Hilary. Rand is not the deeply experienced, high percentage candidate like a Bush, McCain, or Romney but will say or do anything to please the right wing and also please the moderates. Rand has to decide pretty soon if he wants to be a fringe candidate with fringe issues or embrace the system he used to attack. He can't change the GOP overnight and he shouldn't pretend to lest he fall into more flip flops. He has to play the moderate road to gain the independents and stick to his guns. I understand he doesn't want to make early enemies right now but he has to stand for something lest he look like that formerly liberal, pro-choice republican governor of a liberal state turned spokesperson for religious conservatives, pro-life, and big corporations.