I think on some level this speaks volumes about the state of yer modern Redumblican party -- after whining pitifully about the alleged "partisan" inaugural, they launch into the most craven of political stunts, going above and beyond to exploit human tragedy for political gain.
That said, and jeebus lets hope it's the case, this seemed to have all the punch of flat beer. John McCain as angry little leprechaun was stale and tired, and Teahadists like Ron Johnson and Rand Paul were less fresh blood and more like over-eager teenagers trying to prove they belonged in the band.
It also hurt that they were engaged in Clinton bashing, which, god help us, hopefully, at long last and with good riddance, has finally become unappealing to the Beltway elite. Or at least we can hope.