Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster wrapped up during the wee hours this morning at a not-too-shabby 13 hours. But that doesn’t even put him close to landing on the Loop’s list of long and impressive filibusters in history.
The Kentucky Republican would have had to have gabbed on for another hour and change to match the eighth-longest filibuster on record — the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who in 1964 held the floor for 14 hours and 13 minutes to prevent the chamber from voting on the civil rights bill.
Making Paul’s performance less than history-making, he even got an assist from a few colleagues.
But here’s what could be a first: as the Loop predicted, instead of reading from a phone book, a la Jimmy Stewart’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,”(since there aren’t many phone books around these days) the filibuster team last night actually did read from a Twitter feed.
And here’s what else the Loop is reading this morning:
Paul isn’t alone in his opposition to voting on the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA (that was the target of the filibuster). Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell today urged colleagues to oppose a cloture vote — though it’s not clear he’d actually vote against Brennan’s confirmation.
Is calling some federal employees “non-essential” an insult?