This week’s guests-
Rand Paul should be on just long enough to hit what Charlie Pierce calls the Sanity Limit. You listen to Rand for about 5 minutes and nod your head and say, ‘that makes sense.’
And then he says something totally insane.
Rand is the epitome of a mixed bag of nuts, but he did something really valuable recently that many people dismissed at the time and still don’t understand or give him credit for, and that is of course his 10 and a half hour mini-filibuster against the USA Free-dumb Act and straight up extension of the Patriot Act.
These people are down on him because his filibuster was short and didn’t look at all like Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith (which is in some ways about Jimmy’s psychological disintegration). What they don’t realize is that it was exactly long enough to delay the business of the Senate so that when it did come up the choice was between the House proposal and nothing.
Fortunately we ended up with nothing since the House Bill is terrible and Obama (who has not sought a last gasp further 90 day authorization as far as we know) and the NSA have been forced to start shutting down the mass spying program.
So yay Rand! Credit where due. Now, about the market disciplining bigots.
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