Bernie Quigley, Pundits Blog contributor, said:

I would say Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program MORE will make an impression on Congress as he will explain the Austrian economics. He is, however, a footnote to his father, and something of an academic. The Tea Party will make a lot of noise for a while and create an impression. It is possible to see today a shift in paradigm. As the 19th and 20th centuries were Keynes v. Marx, the rising century will be Keynes v. Hayek and Marx will be left out. Possibly the Democrats, if they remain married to the Marx/Keynes hybrid, will be left out as well. But Congress, like the presidency, is a nationalist organ. Competent new people like Senator-elect Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE from Utah will inform and clarify on states’ rights and explain things like why understanding the meaning of the 17th amendment goes to the core of American sensibility, but it will, as Gov. Rick Perry of Texas says, take governors to make the critical difference.

John Feehery, Pundits Blog contributor, said:

Rand Paul. He has the power to filibuster, and my guess is that he will use it. 


Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at U.C. Irvine, said:

Rand Paul is the smartest and most articulate and will represent well. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Sen. Cassidy plans to bring down Medicaid Senate committee schedules hearing on health care block grants MORE’s impact will be simply because he is there instead of Russ Feingold.