Senator Rand Paul is threatening to filibuster any gun control legislation. It seems that Rand Paul has found his niche in the Senate—as a human stumbling block. In all 12 other GOP Senators have signed on to Rand Paul’s filibuster. That’s as close to a majority that the GOP can get these days—and sadly, that’s as close as they need to get.
Harry Reid is again threatening filibuster reform against GOP obstruction via a parliamentary maneuver dubbed the ‘nuclear option’. That’s what modern statecraft has come to—in this filibuster-obsessed Senate, the ability to come up with big ideas about policy aren’t nearly as important as the ability to twist little rules. Harry Reid is almost as good at moving legislation through the Senate as Rand Paul is at blocking it. The question is who wants it more—and there is some question whether Harry Reid wants it at all.
Some Republicans have criticized Rand Paul for announcing he will filibuster a bill that hasn’t been written yet. How does Rand Paul know he will oppose it—aside from the fact that he’s Rand Paul, that is? Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) asked “Is that about filibustering a bill to protect the Second Amendment, or is that about Rand Paul?” Well put! Rand Paul loves the sound of his own voice, and there’s no better way to indulge that than a filibuster.
John McCain also spoke out against the vow to filibuster a bill that hasn’t been put together yet. This is a blind filibuster. It’s one thing to shout someone down, but these guys have announced they’re going to shout down someone they haven’t even heard yet. Rand Paul doesn’t want a debate. A debate is an exchange of ideas. Paul doesn’t want ideas to be exchanged, he wants ideas to be exterminated.
Joe Scarborough says he can’t believe that Republicans won’t support “background checks against rapists, people who have committed manslaughter in the past, people with mental illness...” What can I say? They know their base. Joe said “I can’t believe those Republicans are going to allow the entire Republican Party to be the party that basically put rapists’ rights over parents’ rights.” To be fair, they’re only supporting the rights of rapists who use guns. Of course, to Republicans, rapists who don’t use a gun aren’t committing a “legitimate rape” anyway.
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Bill Maher says the libertarian movement has gone “nuts” under people like Rand Paul and Paul Ryan. For libertarians like Maher, it’s all about people doing what they want to. For Ryan and Paul, it’s about letting corporations do what they want to people (warning: some salty language)...