A tale of two Senators
At about 11:47 a.m. ET Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took the floor of the US Senate to filibuster the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director. Paul took issue with the fact the Attorney General Eric Holder stated that President Obama has the authority to use drone strikes on American citizens on U.S. soil. Naturally, Paul (and eventually a handful of other GOP Senators along with Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon) took umbrage with the fact that such an exercise would be unconstitutional, specifically violating a citizen's right to due process.
The most impressive aspect of Senator Paul's objection wasn't the standard "I object" and then a brief monologue before a cloture vote would be taken and then passed, leading to a vote on the nomination. No, Paul's strenuous objection lasted nearly thirteen hours before ending his talk at 12:39 a.m. ET. Many were hoping he could surpass Sen. Strom Thurmond's record of 24 hours, 18 minutes. He got more than halfway there!
As this was taking place, many of my fellow Minnesota conservatives were wondering aloud via Twitter why our senior Senator was nowhere to be found. As such, many of us took to Sen. Amy Klobuchar's Twitter feed to determine if maybe she had a reaction to the proceedings.
Klobee's most recent tweet occurred at 6:19 pm CT Wednesday, when Paul was approximately 7-1/2 hours into his filibuster. It was as follows:
Great job to my fmr intern Drew Horwood who won on @jeopardy againtonight! Be sure to watch tmrw night and cheer on a fellow Minnesotan.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 7, 2013
I'll take "Vapid Senators who specialize in soft-pedal issues" for $400, Alex.