Bernie Quigley, Pundits Blog contributor, said:

I would say Rand PaulRand PaulGOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State 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 LeeMike LeeOvernight Healthcare: Medical cures bill finally heads to White House Overnight Energy: Trump taps EPA foe to head agency | Energy reform bill officially dead Senate GOP: National museum should include Clarence Thomas 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 JohnsonRon JohnsonOvernight Regulation: Obama's reg czar under pressure | Fight looms over Trump EPA pick Obama's regulatory czar under pressure to cutoff 'midnight rules' Week ahead: GOP quickly laying groundwork for reg rollback MORE’s impact will be simply because he is there instead of Russ Feingold.