Even Levin was having a hard time getting up a head of righteous steam. Working from staff-prepared notes (and whispered instructions) on material he didn't seem to have mastered fully, he was left, at the end, with no choice but to filibuster.
Levin spent the last long minutes of Apple's appearance before the subcommittee repeating -- again and again -- two talking points with which Tim Cook clearly disagreed (that the company had "shifted" its crown jewels to entities that paid "no taxes") but to which Apple's CEO was never given a chance to respond.
You could almost hear Apple partisans everywhere shouting for Cook to interrupt the harangue.
But his forbearance served him well. In the two hours that Cook was on the stand, Apple's shares actually rose -- from $438 to $444 -- in defiance of the HuffPo curse.