Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rand Paul's "Filibuster" Has Ended

Rand ended his takeover of the Senate floor after only 10 1/2 hours. Stand with Rand has turned into go to sleep like Rand.

Politico observes:
By carrying his talk-a-thon to the brink of Thursday, Paul prevented Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) from filing cloture on a bill to extend or reform the PATRIOT Act.
But it’s not clear that McConnell ever intended to — so it’s uncertain whether Paul truly gummed up McConnell’s plan. And with the House set to depart Thursday, a Senate surveillance vote while House lawmakers are still in town was unlikely anyway...
His decision to speak while the Senate was still dealing with a trade bill, in some ways, gives Paul the best of both worlds: commanding the Senate stage for hours on end without antagonizing the Republican leader from his home state — who has been a key ally — or jeopardizing his colleagues’ vacation plans.
Asked whether it’s better that Paul was giving his speech now rather than later in the week, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) smiled and said, “Yes.”
“He’s doing fine,” Cornyn said. “We’ll see how long he goes.”

He went only until  11:48 p.m.. (He started at  1:18 p.m.).



  1. Helping to resurrect our trampled liberties after they have been brutally mugged is hard work, talking about how you wished you could help, not so much.

  2. I still appreciate an anti-Patriot Act filibuster.