As Michelle Malkin would say, beltway barnacles John McCain and Lindsey Graham have crawled out from under their rock of irrelevancy to feed their attention starved egos. McCain and Graham are slamming Senator Rand Paul's efforts to stand up for civil liberties of American citizens, which he did through filibuster yesterday. They've even gone so far as saying Paul has done a disservice to the debate surrounding drone use. Apparently, pointing out the droning of American citizens on U.S. soil is unconstitutional and that Americans deserve due process before being killed is totally not helpful, or something.
“The country needs more senators who care about liberty, but if Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms. He needs to know what he’s talking about,” said Mr. McCain, Republicans’ presidential nominee in 2008 — who topped Mr. Paul’s father, former Rep. Ron Paul, in that year’s primary.
Thanks again Senator McCain for showing us just how out of touch you are. "Political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in their college dorms?" McCain must have missed the fact Paul's filibuster was trending not only in the United States yesterday, but worldwide. Thousands of Americans expressed their gratitude to Paul for finally standing up on principle, something McCain forgot how to do a long time ago. Not to mention, Paul drew support from groups all over the political spectrum: Code Pink, Sarah Palin, Democrats, Hollywood, etc. Paul's actions were so inspirational Senator Mark Kirk, who is still recovering from a stroke, personally delivered a thermos and an apple to Paul on the floor.
While Paul was on the Senate floor for nearly 13 hours, McCain and Graham were being privately wined and dined by President Barack Obama. Unlike some of the other Senators who attended the same dinner, McCain and Graham didn't bother joining to help Paul afterward.
Graham's response is almost worse than McCain's due to his decision to vote for Brennan as a result of Paul's filibuster.
Speaking to reporters after he came off the floor Wednesday, Mr. Graham said he defends Mr. Paul’s right to ask questions and seek answers, but said the filibuster has actually pushed him to now support Mr. Brennan.
Mr. Graham said he had been inclined to oppose the nomination because he’d found Brennan to be qualified for the job but also “arrogant, kind of a bit shifty.” He said he wasn’t going to filibuster him but would have voted against him on final passage, but now he’ll vote for him.
“I am going to vote for Brennan now because it’s become a referendum on the drone program,” he said.
Let's go back to why Rand Paul was filibustering John Brennan's nomination in the first place.
Today at 11:45 AM, Kentucky Sen. Ran Paul took to the Senate floor to filibuster John Brennan, who is President Obama's nominee to lead the CIA. President Obama's recent nominees have faced rocky roads - Chuck Hagel for Defense more than all the others - but none rose to the level of a grandstanding filibuster.
And it's not because of Benghazi.
No, leading Republicans made their Benghazi stand against Sen. Chuck Hagel. But Sens. Lindsay Graham and John McCain finally relented and allowed a vote on Hagel to go through. John Brennan has been a leading voice on President Obama's drone program. The drone program has largely been criticized by civil libertarians due to its secrecy and the Obama Administration's refusal to give solid answers on how and why certain people get targeted for the program.
Guy wrote earlier on the Administration's slippery legal answer about the use of drones on American citizens inside America. What's troubling is that, basically, President Obama has not provided an answer on his legal authority to assassinate American citizens inside America:
An American president order the use of lethal military force inside the US is "entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur, and one we hope no president will ever have to confront," Holder wrote (see here).
This is fairly alarming - something that Sen. Paul has said many times during his current filibuster. "When we ask the President, 'can you kill Americans on American soil with drone strikes?'... it should be an easy answer."
But don't worry everyone, we can totally trust the president when it comes to this issue and according to Graham, we shouldn't be asking questions.
Mr. Graham said asking whether the president has the power to kill Americans here at home is a ludicrous question.
“I do not believe that question deserves an answer,” Mr. Graham said.
I could go on and on about how right Rand Paul was yesterday and believe he may have touched off a true conservative revolution with his stance, but I'll leave you with this from Drudge.