MILLINOCKET, Maine, March 9, 2013 — Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky fillibustered on the Senate floor for nearly thirteen hours last Wednesday, in an attempt to block or at least slow down the confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director.
At issue was Brennan’s support of U.S. millitary drone attacks on U.S. citizens, a position also endorsed by the Obama administration. Senator Paul had substantial backing from Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Republican Representative Justin Amash of Michigan.
In the process, some of the hawks got their feathers ruffled.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona referenced the three upstarts (Paul, Cruz and Amash) by saying, “…it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone.”
A Nagging Problem
To say the Republican Party has an identity crisis is an understatement. If knowing-where-you’re-going was a horse race, the GOP would be trailing the pack. Many pundits and commentators have highlighted the very public rift that has formed in the GOP.
Young trotters are stepping on to the track more often, while the geriatric good-old-boy network wrings its hands, bemoaning the side-lining of that once great Republican race-horse,”Gravitas.” Maybe it’s time we retired that old nag and let the colts and fillies have a run.
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