We've come a long way, baby.
Even left-wing Democrats want to claim the mantle of the Tea Party now.
For the record, I kinda like Russ, as he's been pretty independent and good on some issues like Wall Street and Federal Reserve reform. I'd rather see him keep his seat than Harry Reid, Lisa Murkowski, or a lot of other ruling party elitists. But not that much. He voted for ObamaCare, after all.