Jon Stewart Praises Rand Paul's Filibuster of Brennan Nomination
On “The Daily Show” on Wednesday night, host Jon Stewart applauded the efforts of Sen. Rand Paul’s epic “old-school” style filibuster of the nomination of John Brennan to head the Central Intelligence Agency. The Kentucky Republican, who ended his talking filibuster after nearly 13 hours on the Senate floor, made his stand Wednesday after the Obama administration suggested it could use drone strikes to kill American citizens on U.S. soil in “extraordinary circumstances.”
“So Senator Rand Paul, to draw a little attention to the issue of the execution of executive executions, executed the old-school filibuster,” Stewart said. “I mean, he is out there talking. This isn’t one of these, ‘eh, I’m not going to do anything.’ He is using the filibuster the way it is meant to be used.”
He added, “I can’t say I agree with Rand Paul about everything, but as issues go, drone oversight is one certainly worth kicking up a fuss for.”
Perhaps on his show Thursday night, Stewart could explain why only one liberal–Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon–joined Paul’s filibuster.
— Posted by Tracy Bloom.