For hours throughout the course of Wednesday, Rand Paul created a political earthquake. In the presidential sweepstakes, which even a political writer really doesn't want to think about for another three years, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio now have serious competition in Rand Paul. In the meantime, Senator Paul has made the strongest case yet, and perhaps one of the strongest cases possible, for why voters must not give Barack Obama greater power in 2014.
A senator can make an occasional impact with a filibuster, but if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in 2014, the damage done not just to our economy but to the very fabric of our republic may be impossible to repair. It is a message that was not stated on Wednesday, but was nonetheless absolutely clear.
Over the course of Wednesday, watching Senators Rand, Lee, and Cruz, I was left wondering whether I had witnessed an interesting but fleeting moment in history, or a profile in courage that will be remembered as a catalyst for the transformation of the Republican Party.
Nearly 11 hours into the filibuster, Senator Cruz said to Rand Paul “The heart of what you’re standing for is liberty.”