Rand Paul Keeps to the Gospel

by Michael Auslin

Kevin, I think the most impressive thing about Rand Paul’s filibuster is that he has spent over seven hours speaking solely to the issue. There’s been a good amount of repetition, but he hasn’t been reading the sports pages or Peanuts, which he could, according to filibuster rules. He’s spent a third of a day focusing on consequential constitutional issues, legal concepts, technological discussion, and social questions. He’s been almost completely even-tempered, largely bipartisan in his remarks, and, as you point out, deeply engaged with the broader commentariat and American history. The only thing I can think of, is that it is one of the most honest political performances I’ve seen in a long time, regardless of whether one agrees with him or not. 

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