Within two hours, he was joined by two other "Tea Party" firebrands, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.
At 12:08 am EST, more than 12 hours later as I write this, almost the entire GOP caucus, and at least two Democrats, have joined him on the floor of the Senate. More than a dozen Senators have spoken in support, including minority leader McConnell, Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Democrat Dick Durban of Illinois.
Rand Paul, not long ago a near-pariah of the GOP establishment in Washington, has in the last 12 hours united the entire party behind him in this crusade, brought along a sizable force of the honest civil libertarian left, and shown that Republicans can lead and lead effectively, honestly, and honorably in defense of liberty and the Constitution that protects it.
Rand Paul is now the de facto head of the Republican Party.
"All the power is yours. You need only reach out and take it." -Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish