Monday, December 22, 2014

Jon Stewart praises Rand Paul for good ol' fashioned filibuster

On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul spoke for, essentially, a lifetime as he filibustered John Brennan's nomination as CIA director.

Jon Stewart praises Rand Paul for good ol' fashioned filibuster

This video frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Senate Democrats pushed Wednesday for speedy confirmation of John Brennan´s nomination to be CIA director but ran into a snag after a Paul began a lengthy speech over the legality of potential drone strikes on U.S. soil. But Paul stalled the chamber to start what he called a filibuster of Brennan´s nomination. Paul´s remarks were centered on what he said was the Obama administration´s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes inside the United States against American citizens. (AP Photo/Senate Television)
This video frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaking on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. Senate Democrats pushed Wednesday for speedy confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director but ran into a snag after a Paul began a lengthy speech over the legality of potential drone strikes on U.S. soil. But Paul stalled the chamber to start what he called a filibuster of Brennan's nomination. Paul's remarks were centered on what he said was the Obama administration's refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes inside the United States against American citizens. (AP Photo/Senate Television)

On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul spoke for, essentially, a lifetime as he filibustered John Brennan's nomination as CIA director. Specifically, Senator Paul spoke about potential drone use on American soil. In total, the filibuster lasted nearly 13 hours.

Cue obligatory Mr. Smith Goes to Washington clip.

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart—who admittedly (and unsurprisingly) disagrees with the Kentucky Senator on many issues—praised Paul's use of the old school filibuster tactic during his show, which aired as the filibuster continued.

Stewart was stunned to find that Paul was actually doing a “good old-fashioned actual talkie filibuster” like the kind our grandparents used to see, highlighting how attorney general Eric Holder basically said in a letter to Paul that technically speaking, they would necessarily rule it out. Stewart praised Paul for using the filibuster “the way it’s meant to be used” and said that “drone oversight is one [issue] certainly worth kicking up a fuss for.” [Mediaite]

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