Thursday, March 7, 2013

What Rand Paul's Filibuster Tells Us

13 Republican Senators participated in the filibuster of Brennan CIA nomination (#filliblizzard #StandwithRand ) with Rand Paul, here is the list:
 'Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wy.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).'

Take special note of the absence on this list of Senator James Inhofe, who calls Paul Kagame 'a good friend of mine'. Paul Kagame's RPF (a Maoist anti-democratic revolutionary organisation which has ties to the China's  communist party) has a long history and policy of assassinations at home and abroad.

Let's compare this list with the 15 that asked Barack Obama to withdraw the nomination of Chuck Hagel:
'In addition to Rubio and Cornyn, Republican Sens. James Inhofe, Lindsey Graham, Roger Wicker, David Vitter, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Pat Toomey, Dan Coats, Ron Johnson, James Risch, John Barrasso, Tom Coburn and Tim Scott signed the letter.'
Notice the overlap:

Marco Rubio R-Fl
John Cornyn R-TX Minority Whip
Ted Cruz R-TX
Mike Lee R-Utah
Pat Toomey R-Pa
Ron Johnson R-Wis
John Barrasso R-Wy
Tim Scott R-SC

Those who stood with Rand Paul in fillibuster yesterday, but did not sign James Inhofe's letter:

John Thune (R-S.D.)
Jerry Moran (R-Kan.)
 Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
 Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Senate Minority Leader
 Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)

Those who signed the letter together with James Inhofe, but did not stand with Rand Paul yesterday:

Lindsey Graham R-SC
Roger Wicker R-Miss
David Vitter R-LA
Dan Coats R-IN
James Risch R-ID
Tom Coburn R-OK

Note that Lindsey Graham made fun of Rand Paul's filibuster after a dinner (which he personally organized!) with President Barack Obama.

The Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus asked all Senators to help Rand Paul:

Attention all Republican US Senators -> Please go to the floor and help out

Nick Gillespie argues today the success of Rand Paul's is that:
'it shows the power of transpartisan thought and action'
UPDATE: House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy said on Sunday those on both sides of the aisle who criticized Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster last week were "wrong."

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