Last night, Sen. Rand Paul repeatedly stated that two courses of action could have put an end to his filibuster over the administration's drone policies. First, the White House could have released a simple, unambiguous statement making clear that the hypothetical practice of the federal government using drone strikes to kill non-combatant US citizens on US soil is unconstitutional. Second, the Senate could vote on a non-binding "sense of the Senate" resolution making that point. The White House's response, hour after hour? Radio silence. Senate Democrats -- who do the president's bidding -- blocked a vote on the resolution. So the filibuster carried on. With those facts in mind, feast your eyes of this clip from 2007 featuring a high-minded, cooler-than-you presidential candidate named Barack Obama. Note well his snarky cheap shot at President Bush, his preening about civil liberties, and his denunciation of the arrogation of executive power. Pure gold, via John Sexton:
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Parting thought: This.
The take-home lesson here is that Obama's civil liberties credentials are only when somebody else is in power.— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) March 7, 2013