Even though Rand Paul hasn’t been my favorite person in the world as of late, because of immigration.
From things I have said in this space in the recent past, you might think I don’t support this filibuster.
But I do. Because I do draw the line when it comes to armed drone usage on American domestic territory.
A President ordering a military drone to do an armed strike on American soil is a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.
Here’s one beautiful thing that may well “fall out of the design” of what is now a bipartisan filibuster (Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has joined in) — Rush Limbaugh’s theory for the last few weeks is that Obama is casting the pretense that he’s somehow outside the realm of governance, and therefore, everything bad is someone else’s fault. This filibuster might well force Obama to do something that gets him on paper and on record as actually being President and actually being responsible for a relatively unpopular and likely unconstitutional policy. In other words, it might force Obama to plead guilty to using his power badly. The only other option is to withdraw Brennan’s nomination, but then Brennan can start talking.
Another thing that might have happened yesterday is that Rand Paul permanently and in everyone’s mind stepped outside of his father’s shadow, and unlike what I said in my letter to Peter Brimelow last month, single-handedly created a natural constituency for his halfway house ideology that triangulates and splits the middle between his father and a Rush Limbaugh-style lamestream conservative. Now, will that be enough to self-create a self-sustaining perpetually interested well that he can keep on going back to for money? That remains to be seen. Immigration is still a big hangup.
Yet another beautiful Bizarro world thing that has happened because of the Filibuster — Today (Friday, March 8), on his show, Rush Limbaugh denounced neo-cons. And, in Rush’s own way, he noticed Rand’s triangulatory ideology.
And yet another beautiful thing that fell out of the design — Rand might be driving neo-cons and lamestream conservatives apart. Or rather, his filibuster might have driven already percolating angst that lamer cons have had about neo-cons for some time up to the surface, just as it might be driving frustrations that the Code Pink/Amnesty International crowd (who cheered Rand’s filibuster on) have had with elected liberal Democrats up to the surface.