Six famous filibusters (and a bonus -- a recipe for fried oysters)
In March, the Republican senator from Kentucky held a 13-hour filibuster to protest the nomination of John Brennan as CIA director. Speaking from the Senate floor, he also took the Obama administration to task for its drone program, saying:
“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court.”
Commenting on the filibuster, Times columnist Jonah Goldberg wrote: “Paul’s filibuster briefly illuminated some very basic core convictions during a long gray chapter in international affairs, a chapter that isn’t over yet, either. I can think of worse ways to waste 13 hours of the Senate’s time.”
Worse, he ended up with egg on his face. Green egg that is. During his speech, he read the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham,” to which Op-Ed contributor Peter Dreier wrote, “He clearly missed its message.” Dreier went on:
“In the Seuss tale, Sam-I-Am, a lover of green eggs and ham, tries to persuade a friend to try them. But the man resists. He resists so persistently and so adamantly that he ends up sounding a lot like the Republicans on Capitol Hill who are determined to defund President Obama’s healthcare law. But in the Seuss story, the man is finally persuaded to try the offending eggs and ham, and, much to his surprise, he loves them.
“If only the GOP would take a page from that book.” (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)