An important episode yesterday in Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster is not getting much attention. So I will do my part to remedy that.
Sen. Rand Paul just offered to end his filibuster and allow a vote on CIA nominee John Brennan if he could get a vote tomorrow on a non-binding resolution regarding drone killing of US citizens on US soil. But Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin objected to allowing a vote on the resolution. So Paul resumed speaking.
Paul's resolution said it was the sense of the Senate that "the use of drones to execute or target American citizens on American soil who pose no imminent threat clearly violates Constitutional rights" of due process.
I mentioned yesterday that opposition to domestic drone excesses crosses party and ideological lines. And support for Sen. Paul’s filibuster did come from scattered lefty sources including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Van Jones, and even Code Pink.
But that does not change the big picture about Democrats. Most Democrat politicians don’t give a . . . don’t care about the Constitution and about your Constitutional rights.
Dick Durbin’s objection is yet another instance of that.