Thursday, March 07, 2013
What A Shock - McCain, Graham Slam Rand Paul For Filibuster After Dinner With Obama
This is simply disgraceful.
Not only did GOP Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham enjoy dinner with President Obama instead of helping their colleague Senator Rand Paul with his heroic filibuster, they have the nerve to criticize him for doing it.
Almost exactly 24 hours after Mr. Paul began his information-seeking filibuster against John O. Brennan, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham took to the Senate floor to denounce his demands and say he was doing a “disservice” to the debate on drones.
“The country needs more senators who care about liberty, but if Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about,” said Mr. McCain, Republicans’ presidential nominee in 2008 — who topped Mr. Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul, in that year’s primary.
And where Democrats praised Mr. Paul for using Senate rules properly to launch a filibuster, Mr. McCain said it was an abuse of rules that could hurt the GOP in the long run.
“What we saw yesterday is going to give ammunition to those who say the rules of the Senate are being abused,” the Arizona Republican said.
Mr. Paul said he was filibustering to get the administration to affirm it won’t kill non-combatant Americans in the U.S. — and his effort was joined by more than a dozen other senators who said they, too, supported his effort to get answers.
Mr. Graham said asking whether the president has the power to kill Americans here at home is a ludicrous question.
“I do not believe that question deserves an answer,” Mr. Graham said.
It doesn't deserve an answer? From an Administration noted for unprecedented secrecy and serial dishonesty?
This is a sitting United States Senator speaking? And Senator McCain is talking about Senator Rand Paul being taken seriously?
Well, the two aging RINOS may have made light of Senator Paul's efforts, but the White House did not.
Attorney General Eric Holder finally responded via a letter. No the president does not have the authority to order a weaponized drone strike to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil.
That,as you remember, is exactly the opposite of what Holder and the White House were saying before Rand Paul launched his filibuster. Here's the letter:
Paul's response? “I’m quite happy with the answer,” he said during a CNN interview. “I’m disappointed it took a month and a half and a root canal to get it, but we did get the answer.”
Tell me again which senators need to be taken seriously.
Spitefully, Senator Graham took things even further, telling reporters that Senator Paul's filibuster had changed his vote on John Brennan:
Mr. Graham said he had been inclined to oppose the nomination because he’d found Brennan to be qualified for the job but also “arrogant, kind of a bit shifty.” He said he wasn’t going to filibuster him but would have voted against him on final passage, but now he’ll vote for him.
“I am going to vote for Brennan now because it’s become a referendum on the drone program,” he said.
I've got news for you..in the end, he, McCain and their fellow RINOS were always going to cave and vote to confirm John Brennan as CIA head, just as they caved on cloture to make President Obama's nominee Chuck Hagel a shoo-in for Secretary of Defense.
They have no honor, and no principles except the same old Washington game.
I hope voters in South Carolina and Arizona are paying attention. It's hard to win when you have to continually worry about friendly fire.