Yesterday we witnessed a coup d’état — not against the federal government, but against the useless Republican establishment. Meet the new boss, hopefully very different from the old bosses:
Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster Wednesday to bring attention to drone strikes turned into a committee affair, with a dozen other GOP senators coming to the chamber floor to help carry the speaking load by asking long-winded questions, giving Mr. Paul a chance to rest his voice and stretch his legs as the others spoke.
Paul’s marathon denunciation of the Obama Regime’s assertion of the authority to kill American citizens on American soil with drones without due process proves that there are still a handful of politicians in Washington who are not fundamentally hostile to everything this country stands for.
Other Senators who stepped up for liberty by spelling Paul prominently include Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT), with some backup from Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Barrasso (R-WY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tim Scott (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
So far as I know, Ron Wyden (D-OR) was the only Democrat Senator to object to the Obama Regime raining extrajudicial death from the sky upon American citizens in their own country.
As for the Old Guard moderates who have led the GOP into the wilderness:
While the filibuster, televised live on TV, captured the attention of conservatives and libertarians, for much of official Washington the bigger event was on the other side of town, where President Obama held an old-style closed-door dinner with Republican lawmakers, including Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.
Let’s hope they enjoyed their extremely pricey meal. Meanwhile, Rand Paul ate their lunch.
On tips from G. Fox and metprof.