/// Filibustering Rand Paul Builds His Brand

March 7, 2013  |  Media Week

Rand Paul has had a busy day, although he's only done one thing: talk. And talk. And talk. And also talk. The junior senator from Kentucky began his filibuster of John O. Brennan's appointment to the leadership of the CIA just before noon on Wednesday, and as of this writing he's still talking and answering questions. Speaking endlessly to stall a vote is not a tactic that has seen a lot of use in recent years, given that all you have to do to filibuster a bill these days is say “I'm going to filibuster this”—no excessive talking required. Besides, filibustering is about getting attention, and Strom Thurmond famously conducted the longest filibuster ever (24 hours, 18 minutes) in 1957 in opposition to the Civil Rights Act, so it's not exactly a ploy with a dignified history. But one of the most notable aspects of today's coverage is that even though the conservative Paul is, to put it mildly, a divisive figure , pundits across the board are backing him

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Filibustering Rand Paul Builds His Brand

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