The Big Question: Which Tea Party member is likely to have the biggest impact in Congress?

Bernie Quigley, Pundits Blog contributor, said:

I would say Rand Paul 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 Lee 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 Johnson’s impact will be simply because he is there instead of Russ Feingold.