Rand Paul’s filibuster of John Brennan yesterday, which went on for over 12 hours, was a phenomenon. He was joined at various times by Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ron Wyden, and late in the night, Tim Scott, Ron Johnson and others.
As the screenshots in my post yesterday show, it was the banner — in a good way — at both Drudge and HuffPo.
#StandWithRand was the highest trending term on Twitter worldwide.
Progressive bloggers like Glenn Greenwald heard their writings read on the floor of the Senate by one of the Senators most demonized by the liberal media and Democrats, and supportive groups like Media Matters and SPLC.
Progressives bemoaned the fact that other than Ron Wyden, their heroes like Elizabeth Warren were nowhere to be found on the most basic of civil liberties principles, the right of an American citizen in America not to be deprived of life without due process of law.
Paul’s filibuster on the specific and narrow issue of using a drone to kill an American on American soil who was not engaged in an imminent and substantial threat of violence was the perfect issue on which to mount this historic filibuster. It is an issue which, as narrow as it were, was so basic that even the normally Obama-worshipping media could not crazy Paul over it.
This is another example of what I said in the aftermath of the suicide of Aaron Swartz. Groups which do not normally agree on so many political and economic issues can find common ground on limited government.
Here are some tweets I saved yesterday:
I’m proud of my son’s efforts today to shed light on this administration’s destructive and dangerous drone policy. twitter.com/RonPaul/status…
— Ron Paul (@RonPaul) March 7, 2013
“This is not a partisan battle. Bush started this.Obama is expanding it. Irony is Obama ran as the anti-Bush.” –@senrandpaul
— kirsten powers (@kirstenpowers10) March 6, 2013
There is plenty to disagree with Rand Paul about. But this filibuster is not. Thank you, sir. tickcounter.com/countup/2013ma…
— Lessig (@lessig) March 6, 2013
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) March 7, 2013
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) March 7, 2013
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