Old Grandpa McCain: "Those young whippersnappers need to stop all this crazy talk about the Bill of Rights."
- Lindsey Graham said he will now vote for John Brennan because of Rand Paul.
- Rand Paul said McCain and Graham "think the whole world is a battlefield."
The Old Guard Big Government Republicans are pissed. How dare these Senators speak out against the all-powerful State. Don't they know their place?
The same GOP Senators who voted to give Comrade Obama the unconstitutional power to jail Americans forever without a trial (NDAA) now bitch that Senator Rand Paul dares to ask that the Bill of Rights be protected. Pure Bullshit.
“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
And where Democrats praised Paul for using Senate rules properly to launch a filibuster, Grandpa McCain said it was an abuse of rules that could hurt the GOP in the long run.
“What we saw yesterday is going to give ammunition to those who say the rules of the Senate are being abused,” the anti-Constitution Senator said.
Paul said he was filibustering to get the administration to affirm it won’t kill non-combatant Americans in the U.S. — and his effort was joined by more than a dozen other senators who said they, too, supported his effort to get answers reports the Washington Times.
John McCain BELITTLES Rand Paul
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Senator Lindsey 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,” Graham said.
Graham and McCain led a Republican delegation that held a private dinner with President Obama on Wednesday, as Paul was holding the floor with help from other GOP colleagues.
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.
Rand Paul blasted back at McCain and Graham on Thursday, saying the two “think the whole world is a battlefield.”
Paul criticized the hawkish senators for thinking the laws of war should take precedence over the Bill of Rights. The two had criticized Paul’s statements about drone policy during the Kentucky Republican’s nearly 13-hour filibuster on Thursday.
“They think the whole world is a battlefield, including America, and that the laws of war should apply,” Paul said in an interview on Fox News about McCain and Graham, who had described Paul’s comments about drones as “ridiculous.”
“The laws of war don’t involve due process, so when they ask you for an attorney you tell them to shut up. That’s not my understanding of the way America works,” Paul told
Fox. “I don’t think the laws of war apply to America, I think the Bill of Rights do and I think it’s a disservice to our soldiers that our senators up there arguing that the Bill of Rights aren’t important.”
The Senators who participated in the filibuster with Paul include, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wy.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).
It should be noted that Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) was in attendance and supported Paul’s filibuster by bringing the senator a thermos and an apple, a likely reference to “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” However, Kirk, who recently returned to the Senate after suffering a stroke, did not speak during the filibuster.