When Rand Paul filibustered about drones two years ago, Ross Kaminsky declared, "Rand Paul created a political earthquake."
If that's the case then Paul's filibuster against extending the Patriot Act registered barely a tremor by comparison. You could say his filibuster was a bust.
Now I couldn't stand with Rand then and I won't now. However, I did give him full marks for political theater at the time. I can't say the same this time around.
Aside from the substance of Paul's position, the problem with doing a second filibuster is that the novelty has worn off. Ted Cruz did his filibuster six months later.
Let me put it this way. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington didn't have a sequel for a reason. A filibuster is a one shot, Hail Mary pass. You can't go to it again and again.
Rand Paul is a textbook example of style over substance and sizzle but no steak. This time around there was no sizzle and when there's no sizzle you have an empty frying pan.