What is on the rise and what isn’t, for now:

Sen. Rand Paul- Charles Dharapak/Associated Press

UP: A path to citizenship.

Down: Gun-control legislation. (Where is it?)

UP: Concern about civil liberties.

Down: President Obama’s poll numbers.

UP: Filibusters.

Down: Meals with the president.

UP: Prospects for a primary challenger for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Down: Worry about losing the House.

UP: Young GOP senators.

Down: Old GOP senators.

UP: Ideological heterodoxy.

Down: Just say it louder!

UP: House GOP leadership.

Down: The chances Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will have a tough reelection fight.

UP: Polite discussion of constitutional issues.

Down: Juvenile insults.