While many senators on the right joined the filibuster -- including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) -- only one lawmaker on the Left did: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). Many of the other lawmakers who took offense to some of the Bush administration’s policies were oddly silent as Paul conducted his filibuster.
Cusack, in supporting the filibuster, wasn’t exactly standing alone on the Left. Former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur and the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, to name two examples, applauded Paul’s nearly-thirteen hour filibuster. As for members of the Democratic Senate Majority (who could have spoken out on the floor), many were left explaining their absence. The Huffington Post even published an article on the subject, which quoted many prominent Democrats giving vague excuses. The article quoted Senator Sherrod Brown saying he was “doing a lot of other things” and the piece noted that Senator Bernie Sanders “never considered joining Paul's effort -- but added that the absence of most Democrats was a ‘good question.’”
A good question, indeed.
I disagree with Cusack on many political issues but it’s hard not to appreciate the actor’s firm stance on subjects like this. He could have stayed silent during the filibuster. But he didn’t. He put principles above politics, which is more than can be said of those whom questioned the Bush administration’s policies but kept quiet when Obama became president. Cusack has faced criticism on twitter for his candor but regardless of your stance on the issue, it is encouraging to see him stand up for his beliefs no matter what party the president belongs to.
In the end, that’s something to applaud when so many liberals weren’t courageous enough to do the same.