That being said: the 13 hour feat accomplished last night was performed by one freshman senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, and if I am at best, skeptical regarding the care and responsibility afforded to any chief executive with respects to targeting America's enemies (in fact or alleged), I am also skeptical regarding the intent of one Rand Paul, because 1) He's already got presidential designs 2) This is very showy, and 3) Isn't it special for a Republican to attack a Democratic Administration effectively from the Left?
Meh. This is Rand Paul, who can go off on a rant about how government restricts the rights of consumers regarding toilets and lightbulbs, but doesn't care what restrictions are put in the way of a female-bodied person seeking a specific form of medical care. If he's talking a good game about civil liberties today, let's not forget that he hasn't been a fan of civil rights, and that during his long peroration, he mentioned with approval a very bad court case that allowed employers to exploit their workers. His notions regarding abuse of power are definitely aligned with his sense of how that power effects his own interests. *
And I think this filibuster ultimately served Sen. Paul's interests, and the interests of some of those (Rubio, Cruz) who jumped on this particular bandwagon.
A response from Eric Holder:
Dear Senator Paul:
It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: "Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?" The answer to that question is no.
Sincerely,And a response from Sen. Paul:
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
(Shorter) We're good.
And now John Brennan, whose nomination for CIA director was being filibustered, has been confirmed.
But it was all very entertaining!
* I want to put the following "below the fold", as it were, because once again, this is Rand Paul. The guy who used his time quizzing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding Benghazi to refer to a possible CIA arms smuggling scheme, and who once Tweeted with possible seriousness regarding the disconcerting problem of heavily armed climatologists. Insofar as Rand Paul's imaginings sometimes take him to where the black helicopters don't even fly, who knows but that his own deep concerns regarding government over-reach have more to do with fears of persecution of our homegrown militia folks. After all, if he learned anything at daddy's knee, it's that you have to hold on to your newletter subscribers, somehow.