It is only an illusion that believers in small, Constitutional government run the Republican Party.
From The Hill
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a favorite son of the Tea Party, wanted a seat on the Senate Budget Committee, but was passed over in favor of a more junior colleague. The decision was made by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who instead picked Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), the only member of the Senate Republican conference with less seniority than Paul.
Paul is the second prominent Tea Party-affiliated senator to lose out on one of the plum assignments held by Ensign. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) met with McConnell earlier this month to express his interest in a seat on the Finance Committee, which Ensign vacated.
McConnell instead tapped Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) to serve on Finance, a surprise pick because Burr had stated twice publicly — once through a spokeswoman — that he did not want to change his committee assignments.
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