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”

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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