Rand Paul ends epic ‘tweet-worthy’ filibuster while Obama dines with GOP

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Sen. Rand Paul’s epic filibuster opposing the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA came to an end early Thursday morning as he finished speaking around 12:40 a.m. local time, 12 hours and 52 minutes after he began.

“My legs hurt. My feet hurt. Everything hurts right now,” Paul told Fox News afterwards, saying he believes “we did the best that we could.”

“I would be surprised if we didn’t hear back from the White House,” Paul said.

The Kentucky senator’s effort to hold up Brennan’s nomination was designed to prompt the Obama administration to acknowledge that it did not have the legal authorization to use a drone strike to kill Americans on U.S. soil.

“I will not sit quietly and let him (Obama) shred the Constitution,” Paul said Wednesday. Quoting the Fifth Amendment, he added, “No person will be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process.”

By keeping the filibuster going through prime time, Paul forced network news to cover the issue.

Throughout the day, several of Paul’s Senate Republican colleagues came to his aid, allowing him time to rest his voice. Utah Sen. Mike Lee led this effort, as did Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Even one Democrat joined in, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.

And, in what may be a first, Cruz shared a number of “tweets” that were in favor of Paul from the Senate floor. The filibuster was all the rage on Twitter, with the hashtag #StandwithRand trending throughout the evening.

In a show of support, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did come to the floor and congratulate Paul for his “tenacity and for his conviction,” according to Fox News.

The record for the longest filibuster — at more than 24 hours — belongs to the late Rep. Strom Thurmond.

Ironically, as Paul was taking his stand to get the attention of the president, moderate Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain led a delegation of twelve Republican senators in having dinner with President Obama at the Jefferson Hotel near the White House.


2 thoughts on “Rand Paul ends epic ‘tweet-worthy’ filibuster while Obama dines with GOP

  1. KB Cook says:

    Here's the perfect example of what's wrong with the GOP … they won't support their own but they will take advantage of a "taxpayer-supplied-free-meal" with the naked emperor. I'm done with the GOP after almost 50 years on the roll book. I am ashamed of those who went to dinner with BHO. Shame on them! Bipartisanship sucks and it's time to stop "playing politics"!!!!

  2. Vickster says:

    McCain and Graham need to go. They are part of an ever more irrelevant and dying branch of neo-conservatism. So liberal in their interpretation of the use of force and the power of government.

    They neither had the balls or wisdom to stand up for "core values" that Rand Paul was so passionate about yesterday on the senate floor. Instead they were feeding their faces at a free dinner w King Obama …

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