He has thoughts on new GOP House leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Through no fault of his own, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has been a relatively obscure member of the GOP's 2014 Senate class. He replaced a Republican, the forgettable Mike Johanns, so he did not get the media coverage afforded to challengers going after Democratic seats. He ran a smart insurgent campaign that did not easily fit the "Tea Party versus establishment" framework, though not for the press's want of trying. He faced no real competition in November, which made Nebraska a kind of island of newslessness between the Senate battlegrounds of Colorado, South Dakota, Kansas, and Iowa. And when he got to Washington, Sasse did not really go for a media blitz to describe how a policy analyst-turned-college president was going to change the place.

That changed Sunday night, in the lowest-key way imaginable. On a break from watching football at home, he started tweeting advice to the House GOP that was careening toward rough leadership elections.

Who might Sasse be talking about? Was he going to endorse Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), or echo the conservative columnist Peter Roff and endorse a Newt Gingrich restoration? No:

Brooks, who's led the American Enterprise Institute since 2009, was a happiness researcher who has become kind of a conservative prophet. After planting a flag with The Battle, a bold but hardly innovative look at economic debate as culture war, he established himself as a dynamic writer and thinker who saw conservatism as a path to self-fulfillment. If anyone missed the point, in 2014, he invited the Dalai Lama to his think tank, giving him the chair and mic that once hosted and amplified people like Dick Cheney. Sasse was sold, and anyway, the speaker of the House was not constitutionally required to be a member of the House.

With that, during the third quarter of the game he was watching, Sasse put his kids to bed. Safely tucked in, they missed him making a reference to Rowdy Roddy Piper's character in They Live.