FRESNO, March 7, 2013—Kentucky Senator Rand Paul turned into Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” He began a filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to be CIA Director. Mr. Brennan and Attorney General Eric Holder have decided that it is permissible for President Obama to launch predator drone strikes against American citizens on American soil. They grudgingly admitted that President Obama has this right even if there is no imminent threat.
Conservatives everywhere should be very nervous. After all, Barack Obama is a thin-skinned individual. A dead border guard did not stop him. Neither did four dead Americans in Benghazi. Rush Limbaugh and Fox News personnel may wish to take out extra life insurance coverage in case Mr. Obama gets cranky any time soon.
What makes this Rand Paul talkathon so unique is that it was a real filibuster. In the last few decades, the mere threat of a filibuster was enough to actually be considered one. This time Rand Paul began talking at Noon, and said he would not stop until Americans understood the important constitutional issue at stake.
While Senator Paul pursued a noble goal, two issues deserve mention. As awful as Brennan is, he is not the worst Obama nominee. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a disaster, and it would have been nice if Senators had shown the gumption to block him. Nevertheless, a failure to stop one nominee does not mean Republicans give up on stopping other terrible nominees.
Yet for those who show amazement at Dr. Paul maintaining a twelve hour filibuster, the end result is nothing accomplished. Brennan was delayed one day. “Sending a message” is code for losing, as was the case with the brief delay of Hagel.
The reason for this is because some battles are unwinnable. The late singer Jim Croce crooned “You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger.” Those are losing battles.
Sun Tzu’s the Art of War teaches people to go after the opponent’s weakness. The GOP tried to attack their opponent’s greatest strength. They tried to out-talk Barack Obama.
Nobody can out-talk Barack Obama. Twelve hours is child’s play. President Obama is in the middle of what will eventually be a decade-long filibuster. He has been talking nonstop since 2007 and shows no signs of stopping. He could out-talk the late Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond combined.
President Obama’s entire presidency is one neverending filibuster. Unlike Rand Paul, Mr. Obama has absolutely nothing of value to say. This allows him to babble on endlessly. He usually repeats the same things over and over. Yet while everybody else in the room is bored to sleep, he keeps lecturing. He may not be trying to employ drones. Perhaps he is one, and that his real threat is to talk us all to death.
If Rand Paul and other Republicans want to challenge Obama to a contest they can win, it should involve “tasks.” Anybody can defeat Obama in a contest of “doing something.” Nobody can challenge him in a contest of “saying” things. He claims to be an athlete, but verbal gymnastics should not count.
President Obama does need television cameras to survive. They are his oxygen. Yet while Rand Paul did take that away for a few hours, Obama was somewhere talking to somebody and forcing them to listen. He most likely said “let me be perfectly clear” several times before continuing to spout gibberish.
Rand Paul did the best he could, but he is not enough of a narcissist to keep talking long after his point has been made. Since Obama speeches have no point, and Obama never cares either way, he will continue to be the king of filibusters.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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