For almost 13 hours U.S. Senator Rand Paul took over the Senate floor to filibuster President Obama’s nominee for CIA director, John Brennan, and challenge the administration’s drone-strike policy. From the inception of the filibuster at 11:47 am the junior Republican Senator from Kentucky became the focus of the conservative blogosphere and twitter. Eventually various colleagues joined in on the filibuster including Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. John Thune, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Tim Scott, Sen. Jeff Flake among others.
Filibusters are famous not only for their length but what Senators do/say to extend time. Sen. Rand Paul read from Alice and Wonderland. Senator Cruz read tweets in support of Rand Paul, quoted Shakespeare and lines from the movie Patton. In contrast, the Miami born Senator Marco Rubio quoted from Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa and referenced The Godfather.
Quoting Jay-Z, Sen. Rubio made a very important point. Rubio wondered out loud if his Democratic colleagues would have joined the filibuster if it was Republican President George W. Bush in the White House and implementing these same drone-strike polices, instead of President Obama.
There are many who don’t agree with Senator Rand Paul, saying what he did was unnecessary. Yet, one of the points he did make was a need for transparency in government. A promise made and broken by this administration.