Yesterday the world was aflutter with news that Rand Paul had decided to burble on for 13 hours straight about drones. At least we think it was 13 hours. We stopped counting after writing our post. Said post was VERY HARD to write, you guys, because it required a lengthy explanation of why Rand Paul was making sense with all that yammering. Brief version: it is pretty much the worst thing ever to say you can dronekill ‘mericans (OR ANYONE ELSE REALLY) without any sort of process.
So everyone was pretty happy about Rand Paul talking about it, even yr Wonkette, which is weird. It is not weird, however, that the least happy people in the Senate, Walnuts and Droopy, took exception to young Mr. Paul and his chitter-chattering:
Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster didn’t thrill all of his colleagues.
Almost exactly 24 hours after the Kentucky freshman began his information-seeking filibuster against CIA nominee John O. Brennan, fellow Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham took to the Senate floor to denounce his demands and say he was doing a “disservice” to the debate on drones.
AGREE! The worst way to debate about drones is to actually talk about drones. Silly baby senator Paul. When will you learn that the real work of the Senate is done by whinging to the press via your incomprehensible permanent guest spots on Sunday teevee news shows:
“I’m not going to vote on a new CIA director until I find out what the CIA did in Benghazi,” Graham said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”…
“I hate to threaten. We hate to … Why don’t we just get the answers to these questions? They’re not tough questions,” McCain said, adding that he has his own questions about torture.
Asked again if the two senators plan on holding up the nomination until their demands are met, McCain said they “deserve the answers.”
So, summing up: cool to try to derail the Brennan nomination if you do it by just yelling BENNNNNGHHHHAZEEEEEEENINEELEVENNNNNNN on teevee, but terrible to try to derail the Brennan nomination by actually demanding that the CIA nominee address the little tiny niggling questions about just stone cold killing Americans is totally not cool. Also, too, threatening to filibuster is awesome, but actually filibustering is an abuse of Senate rules. Do we have that right? OF COURSE WE DO:
“What we saw yesterday is going to give ammunition to those who say the rules of the Senate are being abused,” the Arizona Republican said.
Mr. Paul said he was filibustering to get the administration to affirm it won’t kill non-combatant Americans in the U.S. — but Mr. Graham and Mr. McCain said that was a ludicrous question.
“I do not believe that question deserves an answer,” Mr. Graham said.
Yeah, Senator BigBabyPants Rand Paul. Nobody in America cares about Americans getting killed just ’cause. Stupid baby. Just let Lindsey Graham and John McCain mumblebumble on Meet the Press forever and ever about Benghazi and remember that no one – NO ONE – should take the Senate floor for 13 hours because that is 13 hours that Lindsey Graham and John McCain cannot (a) talk or (b) fap while the other is talking.
Do you want to deprive these aging men of precious fap time as they enter their twilight-ish years? No you do not, so shut up now Rand Paul.