Skip to comments.Rand Paul filibuster blasted by John McCain, Lindsey Graham
Posted on 06/06/2014 2:01:57 PM PDT by cotton1706
While Republican senators flocked to the floor Wednesday night to support Sen. Rand Pauls nearly 13-hour filibuster, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) did exactly the opposite on Thursday.
McCain quoted heavily from a Wall Street Journal editorial that slammed Pauls filibuster on the Obama administrations drone use, including a line that said If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in college dorms.
McCain called Pauls concern that the government could kill any American with a drone totally unfounded. He referenced Jane Fonda, as Paul did on Wednesday, calling her not his favorite American for her support of the Viet Cong, but said the American government would not have killed her.
To somehow say that someone who disagrees with American policy and even may demonstrate against it, is somehow a member of an organization which makes that individual an enemy combatant is simply false, McCain said.
Graham also chided his fellow Republicans on the floor for joining Paul in his filibuster.
To my Republican colleagues, I dont remember any of you coming down here suggesting that President Bush was going to kill anybody with a drone, do you? Graham said. They had a drone program back then, all of a sudden this drone program has gotten every Republican so spun up. What are we up to here?
Graham, who has railed against the president for the administrations handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, praised Obamas use of the drone program.
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Can’t leave any Americans behind enemy hands - that is unless they’re droned first...
But when Bush was using them ....well .....
didn’t Rand Paul criticize Ted Cruz’s “filibuster” because he wasn’t ever going to win or something?
Of course Politico (DNC PR firm) would rather talk about McQueeg and Linseed than the senators who supported Paul. McQueeg knows how to play the media and they are only too happy to accommodate....
McClown can’t come up with his own words? Go away.
Anybody got the odds on the chance John McCain will flip parties if the GOP takes the senate?
Somebody needs to tell dumb and dumber that a 16 year old American citizen, wanted by nobody for anything, has already been dealt death by drone.
Isn’t a filibuster just a delay that leads to an end with no lasting result?
Let him talk.
McCain hasn’t noticed that Obama breaks the rules when he pleases. The senile, old media monkey acts like he is one of Obama’s white-headed, bathhouse buddies.
If the Republicans end up with fifty one Senate seats in November, that’s exactly what McQueeg will do. Joe Biden breaks any tie votes, and it’s back to business as usual for the Dems.
Fillibuster rules require the speaking Senator to yield only for questions and Rand Paul was one of of a few Senators who rose to ask one. Its a technique designed to give the speaking senator an opportunity to rest. Lee, Rubio, & Inholfe also rose to ask questions of Cruz.
This is the first time I've seen this practice of supportive questioning characterized as "criticism".
Rand Paul On Shutdown: "Even Though It Appeared I Was Participating In It, It Was A Dumb Idea"I said throughout the whole battle that shutting down the government was a dumb idea. Even though it did appear as if I was participating in it, I said it was a dumb idea. And the reason I voted for it, though, is that it's a conundrum. Here's the conundrum. We have a $17 trillion debt and people at home tell me you can't give the president a blank check. We just can't keep raising the debt ceiling without conditions. So unconditionally raising the debt ceiling, nobody at home wants me to vote for that and I can't vote for that. But the conundrum is if I don't we do approach these deadlines. So there is an impasse. In 2011, though, we had this impasse and the president did negotiate. We got the sequester. If we were to extend the sequester from discretionary spending to all the entitlements we would actually fix our problem within a few years.[Posted on 11/19/2013 12:16:51 PM by Third Person]
That filibuster was the moment that Rand Paul had the his foot in the White House - he had the youth vote, and he just needed to solidify with conservatives (he was close).
Amnesty (still wants it), Voting Right for Felons; Against Voter ID (even though most Democrats want it too).
HE BLEW IT.