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Rand Paul's Epic Filibuster Eclipses Twelve Hours
Pundit Press ^ | March, 7th 2013 | Timothy Knight

Posted on 03/06/2013 9:30:43 PM PST by therightliveswithus

Senator Rand Paul's (R-KY) now multi-senator filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to head the CIA, due to concerns over the federal government's predator drone program and its potential targeting of citizens both home and abroad, has eclipsed twelve hours on the Senate floor.

Joined by colleagues from both sides of the aisle, Senator Paul - obviously exhausted from his day long marathon of speaking and answering questions - has become the number one news story in America. Its impossible to escape his filibuster on any news website, news channel and the hashtag #standwithrand is dominating twitter.

And good for him: he's standing against an administration that will not answer a simple question of if they would ever use a drone strike to target American citizens not on the battlefield in the Hindu Kush ranges, Pakistani villages or Yemeni cities, but on American soil with no judicial oversight or due process.

(Excerpt) Read more at punditpress.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: randpaulfilibuster

1 posted on 03/06/2013 9:30:48 PM PST by therightliveswithus
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To: therightliveswithus

If Paul gets help, he can do this for days.


2 posted on 03/06/2013 9:34:47 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: therightliveswithus

“All I’m asking of the president is that he says in public that he’s not in favor of summarily executing people.” Rand Paul?


3 posted on 03/06/2013 9:36:44 PM PST by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: therightliveswithus

He has accomplished more and made more sense in 12 hours than his dad did in two decades.


4 posted on 03/06/2013 9:39:02 PM PST by mnehring
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To: rawcatslyentist

Obama will never answer the question—He will not deem to lower himself for a Senator Tea Party person. he will let his people cut him off at the knees-—he things the MSM will back him up in anything he does—I believe he is mistaken.


5 posted on 03/06/2013 9:41:12 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: mnehring

It’s over. Damn good patriots today, standing for the most basic liberty for all of us.


6 posted on 03/06/2013 9:41:54 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Fluck this adminstration of misfits.)
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To: mnehring

Until he bitched out...I’d have had aides bring me a curtain and a port-a-potty and kept on for days. People these days have no imagination!


7 posted on 03/06/2013 9:42:11 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Didn’t Pelosi do that years ago?

She still looks like she is pinching one off.


8 posted on 03/06/2013 9:46:43 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

This is the closest I’ve come to a real rebellion in the Senate. It ended with a whimper.

Is this what our Republic has become????????????


9 posted on 03/06/2013 9:47:14 PM PST by FatherFig1o155 (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

“Until he bitched out”?? Easy to criticize from the cheap seats.

Sen. Rand showed courage today, that is sorely lacking in Washington.


10 posted on 03/06/2013 9:49:23 PM PST by PsyOps
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To: therightliveswithus
The fifth longest filibuster in American political history was conducted by U.S. Sen. William Proxmire of Wisconsin, who spoke for 16 hours and 12 minutes to stall debate on an increase of the public debt ceiling in 1981.

Proxmire was concerned about the nation's rising debt level. The bill he wanted to stall action on authorizing a total debt of $1 trillion. link

11 posted on 03/06/2013 9:51:20 PM PST by cornelis
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To: FatherFig1o155

Come on, give the guy credit. He couldn’t leave the floor. It’s a stupid law, and more than one person should be able to filibuster. Otherwise, the filibuster is no check or balance. You just have to wait a couple of hours.

Within his ability, Ran Paul did a good job today, went to the limit, and I salute him and all who helped. I’ll even give a tiny smudge of credit to little dick Durbin. At least he had the guts to come and debate in a respectful way.

This is not a last stand, it’s a first. We should be doing this A LOT more. I was actually interested in hearing what people had to say! People with conviction spoke out tonight, and I hope they continue to.


12 posted on 03/06/2013 9:52:28 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: rawcatslyentist; All

Is this a question that began with the Federal Sniper at Ruby Ridge?


13 posted on 03/06/2013 9:55:11 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: therightliveswithus

Just checked CNN.com, cbsnews.com, and msnbc.com. The Paul filibuster is a text-only sub-level headline that is not called out. You can hardly find out that this event took place.

Amazing.


14 posted on 03/06/2013 9:56:45 PM PST by bolobaby
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To: Viennacon

Beyond that, Ted Cruz in conjunction with Paul and the others grilled this administration over the constitution and whether the Gov could spy on us and just shoot us dead without a trial.


15 posted on 03/06/2013 9:56:45 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Graewoulf

That is precisely what the question is about.


16 posted on 03/06/2013 9:58:07 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: PsyOps

lol...yeah, well, actual COURAGE would have been KEEPING IT UP an finding a way to take a leak or whatever and still doing what he believed in. But he gave up. He bitched out. And if I were in the US Senate and not in the ‘cheap seats’, I wouldn’t have done that, but oh dear, I’m not a US Senator, so I guess that I’m not allowed to have an opinion according to you...you can go straight to hell as far as I’m concerned.


17 posted on 03/06/2013 9:59:03 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: Viennacon

More than one person can filibuster but once the original speaker yields the floor a member can ask for cloture. If cloture is not voted the filibuster continues. A member once given tbe floor cannot be forced to yield as long as he is physically able to speak and stand. By yielding for a question, as we saw today, the member is able to get a break, but cannot leave the floor.


18 posted on 03/06/2013 9:59:12 PM PST by xkaydet65
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To: mylife
Trial? You don't need no stinkin' trial...

(You're probably one of those crazy gun nuts!)

19 posted on 03/06/2013 9:59:59 PM PST by bolobaby
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To: bolobaby

So the sequester didn’t turn the lights out @ midnight!
Go Rand Go!


20 posted on 03/06/2013 10:01:58 PM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: xkaydet65

“Those tired Boy Ranger legs are buckling!”


21 posted on 03/06/2013 10:07:25 PM PST by Argus
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To: mylife

Big Brother Barack
Wants to give us all
A “Fair Shot.”

Could be a Silver Bullet?
Or an Obamadrone?
Or maybe a Breitbart drink - - - ?


22 posted on 03/06/2013 10:07:33 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: xkaydet65

So, if Rand Paul had yielded the floor, a cloture vote was held and failed, Ted Cruz could have launched into his own filibuster.


23 posted on 03/06/2013 10:21:03 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: mylife

she’s still trying to unclench to blow out some dust.


24 posted on 03/06/2013 10:30:20 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Viennacon

Cruz would have continued the filibuster. In the old days the party that was filibustering had to maintain a speaker. If one tired and the oppositiondid not have 67 votes the filibuster continued. This way the filibuster went on. Today the need for a continuous floor presence is not required and regular business goes on. The old way was more difficult but it put pressure to settle because no business could be conducted so many other matters were held in limbo.


25 posted on 03/06/2013 11:01:30 PM PST by xkaydet65
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26 posted on 03/07/2013 7:38:34 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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