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March 9, 2013

Rand Paul's Filibuster: Its Historical Context, and Its Encouraging Friends.

It also has some enemies, as John McCain and Lindsey Graham are bitching about it.

Hard to see why. It forced a concession from Obama, galvanized supporters, made the Senate GOP look dynamic, and ultimately cost nothing except a bit of foot-and-bladder discomfort for Paul. One suspects that McCain and Graham are mostly jealous of the attention. -- Instapundit

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 9, 2013 10:47 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I will always be grateful to John McCain for introducing America to The Sarah.

Also, I thank him for his service in the United States Navy. Bravo Zulu.

However, the (my) last straw with McCain was when he called me, and many like me, "Tea Party Hobbits."

Today, I no longer get angry at McCain and his histrionics. Who knows what it is... perhaps some sort of Stockholm Syndrome or battered wife syndrome where he now defends obama, rather than appropriately reviling obama.

It does not matter. I only have pity for McCain, he has become a pathetic old man. Sad.

He probably never read A.E. Houseman's

To An Athlete Dying Young

THE time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

To-day, the road all runners come, 5
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay, 10
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers 15
After earth has stopped the ears:

Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man. 20

So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.

And round that early-laurelled head 25
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl's.

said another way:

Fiddle faddle, Fiddle foam, time for John McCain to go home.

Posted by: Sandy Daze at March 9, 2013 9:38 AM

I think all Americans respect the actual, real filibuster, regardless of the content. Having a senator go through discomfort for principle, to actually personally do something related to their job is so fresh and unique these days I think it is admired by most Americans.

I hate the fake filibuster, the procedural stunt to prevent a vote by claiming x number of people will refuse. I think everyone loathes it, once they know what is going on. But actually standing up and doing the time? Yeah, that's impressive and respectable.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 9, 2013 3:47 PM

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