Quotes of the day

posted at 10:21 pm on March 6, 2013 by Allahpundit

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s hours-long, multi-senator filibuster of John Brennan’s CIA director nomination has accomplished a rare feat: questions about targeted killing and the drone program have vaulted from the fringes to the forefront of Washington conversation, and it’s lasted nearly an entire day.

Civil libertarians have, finally, arrived.

“You would hope that the question of whether the president can on his own authority kill citizens in the U.S. would have come to the forefront as soon as it was floated,” said David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute. “But it seems like it took this particular circumstance to get people talking about it.”…

“Amazing that it’s a Republican,” Shank said.

***

Sen. Rand Paul just offered to end his filibuster and allow a vote on CIA nominee John Brennan if he could get a vote tomorrow on a non-binding resolution regarding drone killing of US citizens on US soil. But Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin objected to allowing a vote on the resolution. So Paul resumed speaking.

Paul’s resolution said it was the sense of the Senate that “the use of drones to execute or target American citizens on American soil who pose no imminent threat clearly violates Constitutional rights” of due process.

***

When an administration official claims that there are no viable reports of civilian casualties, belief is beggared. That’s either a lie or hopeful blindness. So many people read into the strategy have admitted casualties. And a growing number of officials, including the former Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, think parts of it are counter-productive. The former commanding general of the Joint Special Operations Command, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is another critic. Neither opposes “targeted killing” of confirmed terrorists. Both find fault with the political-military policy that institutionalizes it.

What is that policy? No one knows. Really. We don’t. No one can explain it beyond a vague mumble about al Qaeda.

But the president is busy with other things.

He ought to change his priorities…

Obama needs to get this right. It can’t be done entirely in secret.

***

Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster will inevitably fail at its immediate objective: derailing John Brennan’s nomination to run the CIA. But as it stretches into its sixth hour, it’s already accomplished something far more significant: raising political alarm over the extraordinary breadth of the legal claims that undergird the boundless, 11-plus-year “war on terrorism.”…

Paul sometimes seemed to object to the specific platform of drones used against Americans more than [he] did the platform-independent subject of targeted killing. But Paul actually centered his long monologue on the expansive legal claims implied by targeting Americans for due-process-free execution: “If you get on a kill list, it’s kind of hard to complain… If you’re accused of a crime, I guess that’s it. … I don’t want a politician deciding my innocence or guilt.” Paul threw in criticisms of other aspects of the war on terrorism beyond targeted killing, from widespread surveillance of Americans to the abuses of state/Homeland Security intelligence “fusion centers.”…

It would be foolish to presume that Paul’s moment in the spotlight heralds a new Senate willingness to roll back the expanses of the post-9/11 security apparatus. Rubio, for instance, stopped short of endorsing any of Paul’s substantive criticisms of the war. But Paul did manage to shift what political scientists call the Overton Window — the acceptable center of gravity of discussion…

Paul’s filibuster posed a challenge to the Senate more than it does Brennan or President Obama. “Is perpetual war OK with everybody?” he asked.

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RAND PAUL’S STAND against John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director is doing the right thing for the wrong reason. Brennan has a reputation inside the intelligence community for “failing upward” and would likely not be a stellar DCI. But Sen. Paul’s objection — that Obama might use drones to kill Americans on U.S. soil — is actually dangerous. In reality, you want the president to be able to kill Americans who are attacking civilians without a court order. Does any body really think that Lincoln have gotten a warrant every time the confederates took a shot at federal property. Should George Washington have had to get a judge’s approval to fire on the rebels in the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion? When people take up arms against our country, they are making war on us–not engaging in criminal activity. If Sen. Paul’s prevails, they will have all of the protections of criminal law–and the public will have none of the protections of military force. Hardly a good bargain.

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Israel’s highest court wrestled with the same issue in 2006, ruling that it was legal for the military to kill a terrorist even if that terrorist was engaged in ordinary, everyday activity, though that power was carefully circumscribed and not to be used if other means are available.

It is the function being performed by a person, not their physical distance from the battlefield (e.g. in a café), that defines that person as a combatant.

The U.S. government wants the power to target people, including U.S. citizens, who are unlawful combatants disguised as civilians. It likely has that power under the Constitution.

Sen. Paul is confusing the issue somewhat by suggesting that the government wants the power to target people who are definite non-combatants. He is right that the Constitution does not grant that power, and that individual liberties come first regardless. But he is wrong about the distinction between combatants and non-combatants, which is really the core of the problem.

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This filibuster excites me for the same reasons — a return to the Old Ways, the ways that actually work, the way American politics is actually supposed to be conducted, with Senators offering thoughtful defenses of their positions and, above all, insisting that this nation is We the People not We the Ministers & Lesser Bureaucratic Warlords of Whatever Current Government the Public Has Had the Folly to Install In Office.

I don’t entirely agree with Rand Paul, at least if he’s arguing for an absolute bar– the Terrorist On His Way To Deliver a Working Nuke to NYC obviously (to me anyway) merits a unilateral exercise of prophylactic lethal force (assuming time won’t permit regular order to be followed).

But this filibuster is bigger even than that issue (which is itself large). This filibuster is about the basic character of a Democratic Republic, and restoring that character to good working order.

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Tea Party groups are already rallying to the cause. The conservative group FreedomWorks issued a statement Wednesday afternoon calling for other senators to “Stand with Rand.”

The NRSC also tweeted support of the filibuster, asking followers to “stand with us…

The support of other Republicans has the potential to boost Paul’s political standing.

One of his biggest political hurdles, should he run for the presidency, is appealing to mainstream conservatives wary of his libertarian foreign policy streak. The backing of his Senate Tea Party compatriots (and others) on this high-profile filibuster could help him do just that.

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But if Paul is waiting for an official White House response to his efforts, it seems he won’t be getting one anytime soon.

For now, the White House tells POLITICO, it has nothing to say.

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It’s been a fun day on Twitter.

JPeterman on March 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Yesterday Chavez died.

Today some Senators found their gonads.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Just saw a new hashtag – #PaulNighter. :)

22044 on March 6, 2013 at 11:49 PM

11 pm is way too late…but better than being absent.

22044 on March 6, 2013 at 11:47 PM

very true.

CoffeeLover on March 6, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Good on you – has any female sen. spoken?

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

I don’t think so. The early hours had Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and Rubio. There may have been another I’m forgetting (Toomey?). No women so far.

kim roy on March 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Just saw a new hashtag – #PaulNighter. :)

22044 on March 6, 2013 at 11:49 PM

I think Patrick Ishmael started that one. He’s the guy who did the HA polls

JPeterman on March 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

22044 on March 6, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Tweet that to Cruz!! So he can read them later… :-)

I am seriously thinking of twittering ;-)

Scrumpy on March 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

This is a fine example of strategic patience. Let it be known where you stand on all issues, then, when that one issue arises that can unite both the left and right to your side, create the biggest stink possible to garner the most attention, pinning your opponent in a position to choose either legitimizing your gripe or ignoring you while you control the message.

Send_Me on March 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

After he had dinner with the King.

JPeterman on March 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM

My understanding is he wasn’t invited.

KCB on March 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Rand made some statement the other day about Obama’s unconstitutional actions (I don’t remember which one).

In response, I made a comment here telling Rand when are you going to do something!!!

Today, a filibuster.

:)

INC on March 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

It’s been a fun day on Twitter.

JPeterman on March 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

That it has! :)

kim roy on March 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Dusty on March 6, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Well done. Thanks for that cogent historical note.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on March 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

I spy
A Blue Tie!
In the doorway…

Scrumpy on March 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Van Jones ‏@VanJones68

.@SenRandPaul is the MAN right now. #Hate2AdmitIt #p2 #tcot #NoDrones

And, the cradle will rock

And, the hammer will come down

BOOM!

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Toomey is making some great points. Although I am pooping out!

CoffeeLover on March 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

My understanding is he wasn’t invited.

KCB on March 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

You could be right, but Toomey, McCain, Graham & Ayotte were there.

JPeterman on March 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Reince Priebus Reince PriebusVerified account ‏@Reince

Attention all Republican US Senators -> Please go to the floor and help out @SenRandPaul #StandWithRand

kim roy on March 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSnQ0bdHW0s

For RWM!! and all of us !!

Boom Boom Boom!!

Scrumpy on March 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Tweet that to Cruz!! So he can read them later… :-)

I am seriously thinking of twittering ;-)

Scrumpy on March 6, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Done, thanks. :)

22044 on March 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Any Al Franken sightings yet?

can_con on March 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM

BREAKING: Colorado Anti-Second Amendment Legislator’s Criminal Record Exposed

Criminals demanding the law-abiding be disarmed!

What is wrong with this picture????

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

After he had dinner with the King.

[JPeterman on March 6, 2013 at 11:44 PM]

I saw a list, by I think Knoller, of 12 Senators and McConnell wasn’t on the list.

Dusty on March 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

You could be right, but Toomey, McCain, Graham & Ayotte were there.

JPeterman on March 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

The guest list included Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Dan Coats of Indiana, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, John Hoeven of North Dakota and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.

KCB on March 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Ian McNulty ‏@iMcNulty82

@senrandpaul has gained 15k followers in the last 2 hours #wow

JPeterman on March 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Durbin up!

Scrumpy on March 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Mika’s Blackberry must be buzzing non-stop tonight. Will be interesting to see what happens in the morning.

can_con on March 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

Dick Durbin??? ugh

CoffeeLover on March 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

QOTD amazingly full of strawmen today. Well, not really all that amazing. That is the only way that these clowns know how to argue anymore. Yet somehow they consider themselves the smart ones. It’d be funny if it wasn’t so infuriating.

besser tot als rot on March 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM

HuffPost Politics @HuffPostPol

Where are the Democrats!? #filibuster

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Duuuurbinnnn…

KCB on March 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Durbin gonna try to wind this down. careful what you bite off Durbin.

Rand’s about to chew you up.

can_con on March 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM

…I keep forgetting there’s two threads… and this one is still here!

Yes, imagine libfreeordie’s reaction if this were GWB’s program.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2013 at 11:17 PM

turdfreeorpee…probably thinks drones are some kind of sex toy!…he’s probably at the counter of some adult book store right now…. asking for a big rubber drone…he isn’t here… of course!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Russell Winn ‏@russwinn

I’m a democrat, a liberal, and I #standwithrand tonight. Rand Paul Filibusters John Brennan Nomination http://huff.to/13FyKdq

Oh boy, are you listening King Obama?

JPeterman on March 6, 2013 at 11:57 PM

Durbin must have heard of the great viewership that the filibuster was getting…

d1carter on March 6, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Turbin is nuts. He misses what this is about. He is filibustering with b/s.

Schadenfreude on March 6, 2013 at 11:58 PM

Scrumpy on March 6, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Thx :-)

Resist We Much on March 6, 2013 at 11:59 PM

DURBIN?! Nice try little D!ck, you just want a piece of something that’s nobel, but you sir, are a weasel.

Jackalope on March 6, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Durbin got his notes from the WH. He spoke earlier and didn’t say any of this.

KCB on March 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

besser tot als rot on March 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Du bist so ein Dummkopf, gehen saugen ein faules Ei.
Das schiebe den Kopf in den Arsch… :-D

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Turbin is stupid. He misses what this is about.

I can’t wait for the answer.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Part of the reason so many Senate Republicans showed up during the 11pm hour is because of the late local news back in their home states.

I imagine Rand’s got enough of a core crew of supportive Senators that he can last through the night if necessary.

The next big item on the timeline is the 7am hour when the morning TV programs open with live feeds from the Senate floor.

The White House will likely have figured out its game plan. Either it will have decided to give in, or else it will fight.

If they choose to fight, expect them to have all of their henchmen — Gibbs, Axelrod, Pfeiffer, Cutter, Palmieri — all over the airwaves slamming the filibuster as a partisan/2016 stunt, citing bi-partisan support for Brennan (likely McCain), and claiming that Holder already answered Rand’s question.

By 9am, when the Senate typically starts their business, expect Dems to hit the floor pushing the Admin’s message.

Sometime during the 10am hour, allowing enough time for any Senators out-of-town to fly-in to DC, expect Reid to file cloture before Rand gets to 24hrs.

Hope I’m wrong, but don’t underestimate this White House.

Robert_Paulson on March 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Laura Ingraham ‏@IngrahamAngle

Let’s not forget Dick Durbin is the guy who equated our soldiers with Nazis & Pol Pot death camps! #TrickyDick

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Hi! Why don’t you twitter your images?

Scrumpy on March 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

I do and will. Just not up on my tweety stuff as well as I could be. Yet. ; )

Bmore on March 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM

RP lectures the stupid Turbin. What an oaf he is.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Yes.

Bmore on March 7, 2013 at 12:02 AM

RP should ask Turbin to quote the 5th.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Bmore on March 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM

You will rock twitter with them!!

Good Luck!!

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM

I’d call Durbin an idiot, but he’s giving Paul a couple of nice hanging curve balls.

kim roy on March 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM

If O thought Durbin was going to diffuse this event, he’s sadly mistaken.

CoffeeLover on March 7, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Turbin, you idiot, you missed the entire day/points.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 12:04 AM

I’m glad he makes the clock tick, doofus that he is.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 12:05 AM

I hope Tim Scott will speak.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Here was Knoller’s TwitLonger

At the dinner table at the Jefferson Hotel with Pres Obama:

Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Bob Corker
Senator Kelly Ayotte
Senator John McCain
Senator Dan Coats
Senator Tom Coburn
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Mike Johanns
Senator Pat Toomey
Senator Ron Johnson
Senator John Hoeven
Senator Saxby Chambliss

Dusty on March 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Robert_Paulson on March 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM

The third option is to wait for the filibuster to end. Have the vote on Brennan and hope the media can cover. That’s been their m.o. so far.

gh on March 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM

williamg on March 6, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Nice to see you in a good mood. You are usually fairly pessimistic, iirc.

gh on March 6, 2013 at 10:52 PM

Thanks! Nice to be seen!

williamg on March 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM

MATT DRUDGE: “A night of energy shift: Paul and Cruz suddenly make Dems look stale and out of touch. DRONE WARS,

Looks like Drudge is in for the night.

JPeterman on March 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM

Ron Johnson from WI now on the floor.

Question should have been answered in half hour and a vote should have been taken.

Now talking about our fiscal issues.

CoffeeLover on March 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

what a stain on wisconsin to have a spineless nerd like johnson, belly food of obamas food, talking about working across the aisle.

shut up and sit down.

renalin on March 7, 2013 at 12:12 AM

I’m praying that this be an awaking for many. The country has been on the path to anarchy for some time.

tom daschle concerned on March 7, 2013 at 12:12 AM

Yeah, Tim Scott

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Tim Scott!!

Dusty on March 7, 2013 at 12:14 AM

We should all thank @senrandpaul @tedcruz @jerrymoran @senmikelee for standing up for the Constitution and due process.
— Jim DeMint (@JimDeMint) March 6, 2013

toddeherman .@SenRonJohnson recognizes dis-function of @SenatorReid’s Senate & insanity that @BarackObama won’t answer simple question #StandWithRand

_RandPaulNEWS Any GOP senator who doesn’t #StandwithRand shd worry abt a future primary challenge. When he lead, did you follow–or duck?

KristinaRibali Shhh, don’t tell the main stream media; they think the Tea Party is dead. #PaulNighter #standwithRand

rickpearcey Mabye questions about the Constitutionality of using drones to kill Americans on American soil are above Obama’s pay-grade #StandWithRand

SenatorTimScott I #StandWithRand on the #Senate floor.

whpresscorps RT @ChadPergram: New senator in the #filibuster mix. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:15 AM

POTUS has been asleep for over two hours…if he would sleep through Benghazi this is easy.

d1carter on March 7, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Tim Scott: I’ll make this short and clear. It’s unconstitutional and illegal!

Dusty on March 7, 2013 at 12:16 AM

LOL. Speaking about fun on Twitter. The left has tried one of their corny hashtags again. #WhyRepublicansNeedToGo. Let’s take a look and see how that’s working out for them…

Grumpy Cat ‏@ItsTheGrumpyCat

#WhyRepublicansNeedToGo Whoever created this ignorant hashtag is on food stamps.
Retweeted 2794 times
Expand

1 hr Katy Katy ‏@KatyinIndy

#WhyRepublicansNeedToGo because #StandWithRand is showing you the difference between Obama the politician & Rand the Statesman!
Expand

2 hrs Emily Zanotti Emily Zanotti ‏@emzanotti

Because while the rest of the country is concerned with civil liberties, I’m still hung up on vaginas. #whyrepublicansneedtogo

Expand

2 hrs Emily Zanotti Emily Zanotti ‏@emzanotti

Because I like the thought that I can be killed by an airborne robot for dissenting from my government. #whyrepublicansneedtogo

Expand

And amidst all the hijackers:

2 hrs Stronger Together Stronger Together ‏@UniteBlue

Over 25,000 Tweets for #WhyRepublicansNeedToGo in the past two hours! 100 most popular here: http://uniteblue.com/whyrepublicansneedtogo … #StrongerTogether

Yeah, you sure showed us…

Gingotts on March 7, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 7, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Looks like a lot of “life lines” being sent to Rand Paul..:)

Dire Straits on March 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:15 AM

I bet DeMint is happy tonight to see others step up after his years of fighting.

INC on March 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Mike Lee responding to Dick Durbin….got to love this!

CoffeeLover on March 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 7, 2013 at 12:18 AM

Dire…

KCB on March 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM

INC on March 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Yeah makes me happy to see his tweet, I caught it off of Twitchy!

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Dire Straits on March 7, 2013 at 12:18 AM

You’re in late tonight. Canopfor already retired from the filibuster thread … which is still going.

gh on March 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Good evening Dire :-)!

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM

“‘Imminent’ means some time, maybe, possibly, but not absolutely, positively, in the future.” – DOJ

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Oh FFS Shut up Durbin…

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Turbin is an idiot.

This is not about Poookistan soil, idiot.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Right on Rand!! He thought he ‘gotcha’!!

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. – Mark Twain

VorDaj on March 6, 2013 at 11:35 PM

True, but that is another way of saying that people tend to follow leaders. At least there are people showing up and lending their support.

FloatingRock on March 7, 2013 at 12:22 AM

Regarding Dick Durbin’s point about Osama Bin Laden and whether he was an imminent threat, the answer is: yes, he was, because he reached for a gun and was an imminent threat to one of our own.

FloatingRock on March 7, 2013 at 12:23 AM

I see besser tot als rot has flown the coop after my german tirade at it!

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Turbin Durbin is a tool..:)

Dire Straits on March 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Scrumpy on March 6, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Oh thank goodness.

Rusty Allen on March 7, 2013 at 12:25 AM

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

I guess you agree with these assessments of conservatives and Rand Pauls’s arguments then?

“Amazing that it’s a Republican,” Shank said.

Does any body really think that Lincoln have gotten a warrant every time the confederates took a shot at federal property. Should George Washington have had to get a judge’s approval to fire on the rebels in the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion? When people take up arms against our country, they are making war on us–not engaging in criminal activity. If Sen. Paul’s prevails, they will have all of the protections of criminal law–and the public will have none of the protections of military force. Hardly a good bargain.

Sen. Paul is confusing the issue somewhat by suggesting that the government wants the power to target people who are definite non-combatants. He is right that the Constitution does not grant that power, and that individual liberties come first regardless. But he is wrong about the distinction between combatants and non-combatants, which is really the core of the problem.

I don’t entirely agree with Rand Paul, at least if he’s arguing for an absolute bar– the Terrorist On His Way To Deliver a Working Nuke to NYC obviously (to me anyway) merits a unilateral exercise of prophylactic lethal force (assuming time won’t permit regular order to be followed).

besser tot als rot on March 7, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Rusty Allen on March 7, 2013 at 12:25 AM

:-)

How was dinner the other night with BG?

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:27 AM

I wish that Osama hadn’t reached for the gun making him an imminent threat to our guys because I would rather have captured him alive and tortured the #*^! out of him for as long as possible.

FloatingRock on March 7, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Dire Straits on March 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

.
Senator Cruz backhanding Disgusting Durbin with gentle remonstrance regarding his increasingly ridiculous assertions on issues completely off topic to the discussion being held on the Senate floor.

PolAgnostic on March 7, 2013 at 12:27 AM

kirsten powers ‏@kirstenpowers10

What’s wrong w/this White House that a Senator has to talk for going on 11 hours to get them to say they can’t blow up Americans on US soil?

JPeterman on March 7, 2013 at 12:28 AM

I see besser tot als rot has flown the coop after my german tirade at it!

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

I was so laughing over here when I saw that LOL>

CoffeeLover on March 7, 2013 at 12:28 AM

I see besser tot als rot has flown the coop after my german tirade at it!

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Hm. After your fallacious defense of leftist media strawmen you mean? Not likely.

besser tot als rot on March 7, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 7, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Cruz is schooling them idiot dems!!

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Oh come on, I’m sure I deserve that but.

Too hot
Let’s trot.

Rusty Allen on March 7, 2013 at 12:30 AM

JPeterman on March 7, 2013 at 12:28 AM

The “white house” won’t say it. Cruz had to kick Holder in the balls several times in order to get him to mumble something semi-affirmative.

gh on March 7, 2013 at 12:31 AM

CoffeeLover on March 7, 2013 at 12:28 AM

I spoke too soon… :-(

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:31 AM

gh on March 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Sorry..Hate I missed canopfor..I hope the filibuster thread continues on..Very cool..:)

Dire Straits on March 7, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Imagine Obama ever speaking like Cruz. The Lilliputian is such a dummy.

Schadenfreude on March 7, 2013 at 12:32 AM

lol Scrumpy

CoffeeLover on March 7, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Rusty Allen on March 7, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Not gonna let it go eh? ;-)

Scrumpy on March 7, 2013 at 12:32 AM

KCB on March 7, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 7, 2013 at 12:33 AM

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