Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham ripped into Senator Rand Paul this morning in response to his 13-hour talking filibuster.
Via Business Insider:
U.S. Sen. John McCain blasted fellow Republican Rand Paul on the Senate floor this morning for his 13-hour filibuster to block John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director.
“Calm down, Senator,” McCain said, in an apostrophe to Paul. “The U.S. government cannot randomly target U.S. citizens.”
In his filibuster Wednesday, Paul criticized the White House over its drone policies, and for refusing to rule out military strikes against U.S. citizens on American soil.
McCain, a staunch foreign policy hawk, said Thursday that Paul’s warnings that the U.S. could target “Jane Fonda” or “people in cafes” bring the debate into the “realm of the ridiculous.”
“If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids,” McCain said, adding: “I don’t think what happened yesterday is helpful to the American people.”
The entire conservative blogosphere was energized by Rand Paul’s defense of the Constitution, Due Process, and the American people yesterday, and McCain ridicules them as “impressionable libertarian kids”.
Lindsey Graham also chimed in, saying he was “disappointed” with those who joined Paul’s filibuster, and added he would vote to confirm Brennan … because of the filibuster.
Let me get this straight – You’re going to confirm a man as Director of the CIA because somebody had the balls to ask the President of the United States whether or not he feels he has the authority to execute an American citizen on American soil?
These two clowns are exactly what is wrong with today’s Republican party. When somebody in the party decides to grow a spine and stand up for the American people, McCain and Graham laugh it off as ridiculous.
What’s truly ridiculous is what these two – along with 10 of their colleagues – were doing yesterday as Paul fought to preserve the America that our Founding Fathers envisioned.
These people (h/t Eye On Politics)…
Lindsey Graham SC
Bob Corker TN
Kelly Ayotte NH
John McCain AZ
Richard Burr NC
Saxby Chambliss GA
Dan Coates IN
Mike Johanns NE
Pat Toomey PA
Tom Coburn OK
Ron Johnson WI
John Hoeven ND
Were having dinner with President Obama.
They were having dinner with the man who finds it difficult to say ‘No’ to the question, “Can you kill an American on American soil?”
That question, as Paul noted yesterday, should have been pretty easy to answer.
To be clear, Paul is not infallible in any way, shape, or form. His vote to confirm Chuck Hagel seemed to play to his father’s base, and he does other things that tend to mirror his father that I find objectionable.
But he was right in what he did yesterday. He was right, and he should be applauded.
What’s actually entering the “realm of the ridiculous” Mr. McCain, is that you have been entrenched in the old school GOP so long that you are completely unable to identify a staunch defense of the very documents that you and the President of the United States have sworn to uphold … if it bit you in the ass.
Update: As WTH at Publius Forum points out, Senators Johnson, Toomey, and Chambliss all returned to the Senate floor to lend moral support to Rand Paul’s efforts.