I'll try some wishful thinking: Perhaps the confirmation hearing for John Brennan was a sign that the Senate will start taking their responsibilities more seriously -- and that issues of war, peace, drones, torture, and the rest will be a bit higher-profile.
Hmmmm...I don't have a good "doesn't matter" one. I suppose I can go with the decision for who would give the SOTU response; then next week, I can use the SOTU response itself!
That's what I have. What did you notice? What do you think mattered this week?