For the "Big Questions" board at The Hill:
Rand Paul’s victory is particularly significant. He is Clu Gulager handsome and tough; simple and honest and unflappable and could rise as a folk hero in the heartland, where all American folk heroes – Johnny Cash, Chuck Yeager - come from. He brings (returns) into American homes and communities the specific common-sense family values of the Paul family. Without the Pauls, the Tea Party movement was an amorphous cry in the woods, sincere but exploitable by old Republican hacks and with the potential of falling into the hands of extremists. Its feet are on the ground now. Ideas of Austrian economics and small government can now grow and mature into the mainstream.