It seems to be a viable tactic, and who knows, he might even get elected! Yes, this is an insulting question, but it would not be the first time someone has hidden personal greed and other serious personal failings of judgment behind their own phoney persona.
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I suspect Oliver North was also swayed by the rare air at the top. He accepted to serve on a committee to discuss suspending the Constitution he had sworn to protect and defend at the risk of his life
Although Reagan claims that the arms sales were to a "moderate" faction of Iranians, the Walsh Iran/Contra Report states that the arms sales were "to Iran" itself.