Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced just before noon Wednesday on the Senate floor that he plans to speak “for the next few hours” in opposition to the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA.
“I will speak until I can no longer speak,” Paul said. “I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”
Paul began his filibuster at 11:47 a.m. eastern time. Around the one-hour mark, he acknowledged “I can’t talk forever” and said his throat was getting dry.
Instead of the phantom filibuster that we have become accustomed to Rand Paul doing the old talking filibusterer. While I applaud the move it is the latest in his back and forth jumping between the libertarians and Republicans. He supported the filibuster on Chuck Hagel then just hours later he flip-floped and voted yes to confirm claiming that the president can appoint the cabinet he wants. I guess he has flip-flopped back again to the side he never should have left.