By now everyone knows that Mitt Romneys new running mate, Paul Ryan, is a big fan of Ayn Rand. But would Ayn Rand have been a big fan of Paul Ryan?
Given her views of Ronald Reagan, I suspect not:
I urge you, as emphatically as I can, not to support the candidacy of Ronald Reagan. I urge you not to work for or advocate his nomination, and not to vote for him. My reasons are as follows: Mr. Reagan is not a champion of capitalism, but a conservative in the worst sense of that word i.e., an advocate of a mixed economy with government controls slanted in favor of business rather than labor (which, philosophically, is as untenable a position as one could choose see Fred Kinnan in Atlas Shrugged, pp. 541-2). This description applies in various degrees to most Republican politicians, but most of them preserve some respect for the rights of the individual. Mr. Reagan does not: he opposes the right to abortion. (Ayn Rand Letter IV.2, 1975)
What do I think of President Reagan? The best answer to give would be: But I dont think of him and the more I see, the less I think. I did not vote for him (or for anyone else) and events seem to justify me. The appalling disgrace of his administration is his connection with the so-called Moral Majority and sundry other TV religionists, who are struggling apparently with his approval to take us back to the Middle Ages, via the unconstitutional union of religion and politics. (Sanction of the Victims, 1981; in The Voice of Reason)
How much enthusiasm, then, could she have for another anti-abortion pro-corporate statist in libertarian camouflage?