An emerging coalition of new and traditional progressive power is placing the "old guard" in the Democratic establishment on notice that the status quo is no longer acceptable, and they had best adapt or face the consequences.
The progressives and Blue Dogs are going to have a showdown. It is going to culminate not in statements to the press (or the lack thereof), not in some whispered whip count, but rather in a very public vote.
Many Senators referred to Paul as "The Conscience of the Senate." Only 5 feet 4 inches tall and with a severe limp, Wellstone would stand on the floor of the Senate and rail against corporate interests.