Shifts emphasis in leadership powers in the Senate;
How so? Can you tell me how you see it as a leadership power shift?
Holds and controls the microphone so that it can give rather than suppress information
Ideally yes. But if a tree falls in a forest and nobody is there to here...does it make a noise? Was it just preaching to the choir?
gives time to clarify a concern publicly, increasing accountability;
I don’t hear any calls for accountablity this morning...and this concerns me. I ‘m not surprised though as is the media just discussing there was a filibuster of Brennan or are they discussing the real reason for the filibuster?
obtain concessions from the opposition and win over moderates; educate the public
How so? What concessions have been made or even rumored about? Educate the public. Were they even really paying attention or was it just the conservative base? Low information voters don’t watch C-span all they likely heard was crazy Rand Paul filibustered....blah, blah, blah...
emboldens the party base to elect such members to Congress;
Maybe. Yes, Rand Paul needs help in Congress.
What are you suggesting? You have a secret plan?
While Rand Paul was filibustering, Obama was wining and dining what Drudge calls the “old guard”:
In addition to McCain...
“Also dining Wednesday evening, according to the White House, were Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, and Dan Coats of Indiana.”
I don’t know about the others, but Mike Johanns has already said he’s not going to run for re-election, so he’s a lightweight - and he’s already bent over to be screwed by Obama multiple times so this seems like more of a payoff than a bribe for the next round.