Rand Paul's filibuster will go into the record books as No. 9 on the list of longest Senate speeches, clocking in at 12 hours and 52 minutes. One wonders if the behind the scenes controls that came up with the idea of filibuster are happy with the performance. And make no mistake, if neocon Jennifer Rubin and the rest of the crowd were cheering on the filibuster, via tweets during the first hour of the speakathon, that calls were made in advance that Rand could be trusted.
Otherwise, how could Rubin be so cocksure early on in the filibuster that Rand wouldn't say something objectionable to neocons in, say, hour five? Rand came through, nuff said.
But back to the filibuster itself, are his controls happy with No.9? Did they not tell Rand about stadium pal? That sure would have helped Rand break the record. The record was set by Sen. Strom Thurmond in 1957 with a 24 hour and 18 minute filibuster. According to USA Today, Rand joked he wanted to try and eclipse Thurmond, but he needed a bathroom break. Or was Rand wearing a stadium pal and just didn't have the stamina?
Whoever planned this is a very skilled operative. I'm told the idea was not likely developed within Rand's immediate circle. This was a top level sophisticated stuff. It may mean that the real players think Rand can be trusted and molded.
Keep in mind, outside of getting Rand much publicity, the filibuster itself did nothing. It will not prevent CIA nominee John Brennan from being confirmed by the Senate. It will not stop American drones from continuing to blow up foreigners via amazing missile carrying flying iron birds. It was magnificent air.
Further, it was a brilliant stroke for Rand to quote Glenn Greenwald during his filibuster. It brought many more cheers and positive tweets for Rand. Again, the sign of a very clever behind the scenes operative lurking.
I am all for the next Ron Paul but, although the DNA is close, I am not sure it will be Rand Paul. Let's see what happens from here. Lets see if Rand carries a libertarian banner beyond a useless filibuster. If he does, I will be cheering. But I am very suspicious and I am taking a very wait and see approach. There will, of course, be many bathroom breaks we will have to take between now and 2016, far too many for a stadium pal to help us. Let's see how things develop between these bathroom breaks. Overtime, it will become clear whether Rand needs to be flushed also.