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Right- it's still a big deal, but it isn't a clear and present danger in and of itself for responsible users

What makes you think so? How do you know how many exploits people are sitting on, but not using because they don't have a good sandbox escape exploit?

Well, now they do have an escape. That useless IE/Chrome exploit might be able to suddenly gain SYSTEM privileges.

You can get compromised by such attacks no matter how responsible you are.

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