After nearly 13 hours of talking, Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster is one for the history books.
The Kentucky Republican comes in at No. 9 on a draft list of longest Senate speeches kept by the historian's office, clocking in at 12 hours and 52 minutes.
From Daily Beast
Give Rand Paul credit—he decided to kick it old school on the Senate floor and filibuster in person rather than simply filing a procedural motion.
The result was the kind of spectacle we only see in Frank Capra films and Strom Thurmond lowlight reels: a U.S. senator on a one-man speaking marathon designed to bring national attention to an issue he believes is of critical importance to the country and the Constitution. In this case, it’s the Obama administration’s reluctance to say it would not rule out drone strikes against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil. That’s why Paul decided to filibuster the president’s nominee to be CIA director, explaining: “I don’t rise to oppose John Brennan’s nomination simply for the person. I rise today for the principle.”
Things got off to a surreal start around 11:50 Wednesday morning when, a few minutes into his filibuster, Paul asked: “Has America the Beautiful become Alice’s Wonderland?” and then imagined the queen screaming “Release the drones!” This is a scenario Lewis Carroll never contemplated.
Instead of resorting to cheap filibuster tricks like reading the dictionary or a phonebook, Paul delivered a real speech—albeit Castro-esque in length—discussing the constitutional principles at stake more or less off the top of his head for nearly 13 hours.
It's 11:28 p.m. EST. Do you know where your Senator is? #StandwithRand— Michael Steele (@Steele_Michael) March 7, 2013
Gotta love that the man representing one of the poorest, most gov't-dependent states is the Senate's biggest libertarian. #standwithrand— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) March 7, 2013
Essentially, the #standwithrand filibuster was the longest declaration of intent to run for President in the history of the world.— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) March 7, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul filibuster continues. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) now reading Tweets of encouragement.— Greg Glover (@gregglover3) March 7, 2013
Rand Paul is fillibustering on Greenspan's birthday and the anniversary of Ayn Rand's death. They're with him like ghost Obi-Wan.— Tom Gara (@tomgara) March 6, 2013
Marco Rubio to Rand Paul: "You've been out here for awhile, so let me give you some advice. Keep some water nearby. Trust me."— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) March 6, 2013
"I started out today reading from Alice in Wonderland." - Rand Paul— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) March 6, 2013
Rand Paul is doing a great impression of Jodie Fosters Golden Globe speech— Paul Lander (@paul_lander) March 6, 2013
I think @senrandpaul should host the Oscars next year.— Jonathan Wald (@jonathanwald) March 7, 2013
#StandWithRand made easier thanks to the makers of Depends undergarments.— CurtisK (@ZonkerPA) March 7, 2013
Whatever your take on the issue, the fact that #StandWithRand has been trending WORLDWIDE for several hours... he's winning.— Joshua Chavers (@JoshuaChavers) March 7, 2013
Rand Paul drones on for 13 hours. Attorney General Eric Holder responds. WITH ONE WORD. lolololololol twitter.com/rollingingrave…— Kate (@rollingingraves) March 7, 2013
The day I #StandWithRand is the day I cash my chips in.— lloyd (@Art_Guy1) March 7, 2013
I wouldn't #StandWithRand if he was the last politician on Earth!!— Chelle Cleveland (@chellegaylor24) March 7, 2013