Rich Galen

It didn't snow in DC on Wednesday so I spent the entire afternoon watching Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) filibustering the nomination of John Brennan to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Sen. Paul's issue wasn't with Brennan; it was with the refusal of President Barack Obama to describe his position on using drones to kill people generally, and Americans in particular, on U.S. soil.

Mr. Obama, still believing what his mirror tells him every morning, that he is the fairest in the land, didn't think he needed to explain himself to anyone about anything (much less to a Republican U.S. Senator from a red state) about who the President might want to kill and where he might want to kill him.

All he wanted, Sen. Paul said, was a message from the President or his Administration on whether a person who presented an "imminent threat" (the standard for hitting someone in the head with a Hellfire missile overseas) could be used to summarily execute someone on U.S. soil.

After about 13 hours, the call of nature took precedence over waiting for a call from the White House and Sen. Rand relinquished control of the floor.

Yesterday afternoon, the Attorney General - Eric Holder - indeed sent a letter to Sen. Rand which read in, its entirety:

It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: "Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?" The answer to that question is no.

Eric H. Holder, Jr.

First of all, no one in the near galaxy thinks Holder was the least bit sincere. I think Obama felt the tide of public opinion turning and didn't want to make Rand Paul a national hero so he instructed Holder to write the letter.

Second, I Tweeted that if Holder had any sense of humor at all he would have sent a letter with two letters: N.O. which would have gone down in American lore with General Anthony McAullife's response to the German demand he surrender the town of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge which was, "Nuts."

But, Holder doesn't and he didn't.

In spite of Obama's dire warnings in the run-up to sequester, the only thing that has gone south is his approval rating.

The latest bit of bad news for Obama comes from the good people at Quinnipiac University's polling unit. It's most recent poll shows Obama's approve/disapprove in negative territory: 45 percent approve, 46 percent disapprove.

As you would expect the GOP split is 87-9 while Democrats side with Obama 85-10.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at