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  •  How About That Paul Talking Filibuster? (1+ / 0-)
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    David Waldman

    Any Thoughts?

    My only thought was that it was not a "true" talking filibuster in the Jimmy Stewart - Mr. Smith sense or in the sense of what Senator Merkley proposed in January.  If it were, Ron Paul's bathroom break at 12:39am would have been the automatic end to the filibuster, but it wasn't.  So today we still need to take a cloture vote to end this filibuster even though it has now gone back to the usual silent mode.

    Still it was good to see extended debate being used as originally intended.  And it did show that it can be done if a Senator feels strongly enough about an issue and his position on it.  In fact, although I don't have any love for Ron Paul by any means, what he did yesterday might result in some meaningful legislation that would put some congressional constraints on future Presidents use of killer drones within the US.  And that I would be a good thing.

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:03:54 AM PST

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