UPDATE: Paul went 13 hours and laid down the marker: everyone now knows that there are, for certain, GOPers who will bring things to a screeching halt on matters of principal.
As of this moment, he’s still at it, 8 hours going strong. Joining in support are Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee and even Democrat Ron Wyden. The issue is Paul’s demand that President Obama answer – without equivocation, yes or no, please – whether or not he’d order a drone strike on an American citizen within US territory. This is a genuine filibuster and no one can make him stop – only exhaustion, or Obama actually answering the question, brings this to an end.
This is one of the best things I’ve seen in a long time and goes a long way towards restoring faith in our legislative branch. For too long all Administrations – but especially Obama’s – have managed to skate past oversight simply because no one took oversight duties all that seriously (and forget about it on getting almost all the MSM to find out – the are completely controlled by Obama). Paul does take this duty seriously. Now, will we get a straight answer from Obama? Probably not – but the marker will be laid down that the people have a right to know what the Executive proposes to do, and Obama (and his Democrats) know that Republicans will stand tall at need.
Discuss this and all issues of constitutional government.
And the twitterverse goes nuts:
Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz tag team a Paul led filibuster while John McCain and Lindsey Graham have dinner with Barack Obama. – Erick Erickson
*lighting up cigarette* RT @emzanotti: This filibuster thing is as close to porn as CSPAN ever gets, and it’s getting close – Gay Patriot
How many Democrats would be joining the Paul filibuster if the president had an R after his name. Probably a lot. Kirsten Powers
While some GOP colleagues dine w/ Obama tonight,
@SenRandPaul had a Snickers bar 4 dinner. Constitution > Chardonnay w/ O. – Monica Crowley
#standwithrand Do you? – Judge Napolitano
Let’s remember this moment when
@KarlRove and others tell us that Jeb Bush is the only Repub who can win in 2016. – Laura Ingraham
A list I wouldn’t want to be on: GOP senators who didn’t show up to help out – Hugh Hewitt
That awkward moment when your Nobel Peace Prize-winning President won’t promise not to kill US citizens. – Kathryn DeLong
I’m almost 44. Been watching politics for 33 of those years. This is one of a small handful of times I’ve been inspired. – Stephen Green
Rand Paul went to DC to stand for something. He’s been standing & talking 9 hours. No prompter. Gotta admire that – Steve Doocy
Breaking: For the first time since Obama was elected in 2008, the founders have stopped spinning in their graves!! – Sooper Mexican
#StandWithRand. Drone warfare that targets & kills American citizens is a disgrace & an assault on our Constitution – Connie Mack
#StandWithRand as he filibusters for our liberty. Do you? – Michelle Bachmann
EXCLUSIVE: ACLU Backs Paul’s Filibuster – Ben Shapiro
I am heading to the Senate floor to stand alongside with my friend, Sen. Rand Paul – Pat Toomey
Heading to Senate floor to
#StandWithRand. As a House member, I can’t join filibuster, but I want to witness this awesome effort – Justin Amash
I’m with Green – I haven’t been this inspired since the great days of Ronald Reagan.
Even some lefties understand:
We lefties at DP are proud to
#standwithrand tonight as he filibusters the nomination of drone and torture supporter – Demand Progress
As a progressive democrat, I agree this administration has no right to execute people without a trial.
Rand Paul: do you want them able to target you because of something you’ve written online? – Anonymous
If it will help to dilute, delay, or even derail the ongoing snowball towards military tyranny in this country, I say 4 now, #StandWithRand. – ID’s herself as an SDSer from the 60’s