Further, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell also was consulted and gave the nod. If you think it stopped there, I have a fog making machine in San Francisco to sell you.
From the National Journal:
Eleven days before he spent nearly 13 hours filibustering on the Senate floor, Sen. Rand Paul floated his idea to block the president’s pick for CIA director to one of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s top political strategists over a Saturday night dinner of lasagna and red wine at his home in Bowling Green, Ky.The adviser, Jesse Benton, occupies a unique place in Kentucky politics as bridge between McConnell, the old-school minority leader, and Paul, the insurgent tea-party firebrand. Benton ran Paul’s 2010 Senate campaign and is married to Paul’s niece. And since September, he has been advising McConnell as he seeks reelection in 2014.After the dinner, Benton reached out to McConnell’s office, detailing Paul’s plans and his hopes for support. An important line of communications had been opened.It helped ensure that well before Paul took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to declare, “I will speak until I can no longer speak,” he had lined up the tacit approval of the GOP leadership. [...]Paul, often accused of being a lone wolf on Capitol Hill, had laid some of the groundwork to win over the GOP establishment. McConnell and Co. knew the filibuster was coming, even if they did not know when precisely or what exactly it would look like. [...]Paul had personally informed some Republican senators that he planned to mount the talking filibuster the day before over lunch, said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a member of the GOP leadership.[...]McConnell, meanwhile, put out the word to the conference that he was supportive of Paul’s efforts.
Do you still like the smell of this? Do you still think the neocon praise was spontaneous?