More Rand Paul Political Theater

With all the chatter over the Hagel nomination that not two in a thousand Americans really understood, Rand Paul took the floor today to filibuster Obama nominee, John Brennan, slated to run the CIA, on the narrow argument of Brennan’s support for the Drone program, and more specifically, the claimed right to kill US citizens with drones and secret evidence.

“I’m going to speak as long as I can to draw attention to something I find very disturbing,” said Paul, who started speaking at 11:45 a.m.

It’s not a partisan issue, Paul said, noting that he voted to support the nominations of John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, the secretaries of State and Defense.

Paul was joined in the afternoon by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Jerry Moran, R-Kan. Along with the overseas drone strikes, they questioned the constitutionality of the U.S. government attacking a U.S. citizen on American soil without due process.

“No American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found guilty of a crime by a court,” Paul said. “How can you kill someone without going to a judge, or a jury?”

Maybe it doesn’t get better then 20 in a thousand Americans understanding the actual arguments involved, but a vast majority are aware of the Drone program and it’s generally negative placement in popular folk mythology.

Rand Paul, after his gonzo trip to Israel, his shifty Hagel performance, is delivering a solid preformance of political theater, and throwing in a monkey wrench to boot.

Update: Live Filibuster blog at AmConMag


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5 thoughts on “More Rand Paul Political Theater

  1. Savrola

    Step right up gentlemen and get your humble pie.

    Like his father, Rand is an anomaly among conservatives in it that he is physically fit and capable of many more stunts to come

    This could take years…

  2. Matt Weber

    Does Obama really want to use drones to attack American citizens on American soil? The entire focus of the “drones attacking American citizens” thing so far has been American citizens as enemy combatants in foreign countries, which really presents no problem at all.

    Also, I can’t seem to comment in the Alternative Right topic just below this one. Maybe I can’t comment here either; we’ll find out in a couple of seconds.

  3. C Bowen

    Mr. Weber;

    That is the theater part. Enjoy it.

    As noted at best, 20 in a 1000, understand the broader topic, but Paul used an alarmist “conspiracy theory” to create a narrative that, I believe, increased his power and standing, while diminishing others.

    In light of all of the ‘further Right’ complaints about Rand’s performance (also theater) the past month, this was what he was working towards for maximum effect.

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