In response to This is Exciting:
I share your feeling about the energy surrounding Rand Paul's filibuster, Ace. Not to be a wet blanket, but I also remember how that Tea Party energy faded by 2012. It's not gone completely and never has been, but it's hard not to notice the very sharp contrast between the 2010 and 2012 electorates. Depending on how much weight you want to assign to various exit-poll results, you had a combination of the Tea Party fire guttering low, and the zombie hordes of Obama supporters marching listlessly to vote in droves for a candidate who didn't really excite them. It didn't matter that a lot of them were yawning when they pulled the lever for Obama. "Meh" votes count the same as "oh, yeah!" votes.