Thursday’s most awkward moment on Capitol Hill

After the magnificent 13-hour filibuster lasting until the wee hours of Thursday morning by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, his Republican colleague, Arizona’s John McCain, made the following remarks:

The country needs more senators who care about liberty, but if Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about.

Notwithstanding anything McCain had to say, most people thought Paul knew exactly what he was talking about. He received kudos from such diverse groups as the Heritage Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and even Code Pink. Moreover, senators from both sides of the isle came to his aid by asking lengthy questions to allow Paul to gather his strength.

Be that as it may, after McCain’s rebuke of his younger colleague, New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley posted the following shots on Twitter, along with the following tweet:

“Stephen Crowley @Stcrow
ANATOMY OF AN AWKWARD MOMENT-.McCain and Paul share an unplanned, post-rebuke, elevator ride. #randstand #filibuster pic.twitter.com/ksgHHWY5e2”

Awkward moment” indeed. McCain is staring intently at the floor, Paul is looking away and everyone else just plain looks uncomfortable.

H/T to the Twitchy team.

Awkward moment

Awkward elevator ride

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22 thoughts on “Thursday’s most awkward moment on Capitol Hill

  1. Linda says:

    Thank you Senators for the filibuster and for the FIRST SIGN that you will protect the Constitution. This is why the American people are dropping the GOP in record numbers. You don't represent us anymore and it has nothing to do with the Tea Party.

    Mr. Cruz and Mr. Paul, you proved to us that you represent our interests. Mr. McCain and Mr. Graham, you have proved to us that you do not.

    When did Congress forget that they work for the people and not the other way around? That is why we are dropping the GOP. You won't even bother to keep your oath of office.

    Instead of cutting DoD in sequester, it should have been the pay and benefits of Congress and the administration and everybody knows it.

    Senator McCain, do you have any idea how many Americans are homeless and desperately need your help? I didn't think so.

    I STAND WITH RAND AND CRUZ.

  2. Michael Nappi says:

    When the Benghazi hearing ended and John McCain failed to ask any hard questions or get any clear answers it was clear to me that McCain had switched sides and like so many had his head buried in Obama's behind.

    A fellow member of the Republican party took a stand to give the American people and the president a much needed reminder that we do have a constitution and it's purpose is to limit the power of the government and McCain responds by mocking him.

    You sicken and disgust me John McCain. I am now as ashamed of you as I am the president. Why don't you all just move to someplace where the Muslims are already in charge and leave us be. In the end America will not fail. We will not sit idly by and become puppets and slaves. We will not let you tell us how to live.

    You are a festering boil on the buttocks of our forefathers. Fortunately better men have surfaced in the GOP and you have been outclassed.

    I stand with Rand.

    Rand Paul 2016

    100% made in America

  3. jerry wamsley says:

    MR. MCCAIN, I'M 61 YEARS OLD, A U.S. VETERAN AND I MOVED OUT OF MY COLLEGE DORM. MANY YEARS AGO. YOU DON'T KNOW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I REALIZED THAT WHEN

    YOU THREW SARAH PALIN UNDER THE BUS. SMARTEN UP!

  4. Jody Hurt says:

    McCain is turning into a liberal!!! We need more senators

    who are not afraid of the repercussions of the political

    bullies!!! Thank you Rand Paul for standing up for THE

    PEOPLES RIGHTS!!! AND DOING WHAT WE PAY YOU FOR!!

    WISH ALK OUR POLITICIANS TOOK THE SAME PATH!!!

  5. Rifraffe says:

    The past, the awkward present and the future all in one photo.

  6. Mannard says:

    McCain is an idiot. There are lots of those running around in D.C.. Rand said what a lot of Americans have been thinking KUDOS to him! Don't give up the fight!

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