The most positive outcome of Rand Paul's 13-hour filibuster was giving the American public a sense of the treacherous path that President Obama's drone program could take. The biggest flaw, however, was Rand's refusal to strongly condemn the way drones are already being used.
As Clare Boothe Luce once noted, "They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men." Here then is a longwinded filibuster soundtrack for Rand Paul and all those who were part of the filibuster of John Brennan.
It's time to end the uncertainty for both the United States and Israel and to get our country's national security team -- especially his choice for secretary of defense -- in place. The president's crucial visit to help Israel during these difficult times deserves no less.
If there were unlimited timeouts, football games would go on forever. So the NFL limits the number of timeouts. With those rules, the timeout becomes an essential part of strategy. "Clock management" is essential. Now, apply clock management to the U.S. Senate.
Despite the severity of the problem and Harry Reid's apparent determination to fix it, the negotiated package of reforms is pretty tepid. Nevertheless, months of debate about Senate dysfunction and passionate grassroots involvement on the issue did achieve some progress.
If you were seeking any further proof that both of our political parties have just as much of an investment in perpetuating the stagnant swamp that is our state of governance, look no further than what happened Thursday.
Varied commentators think the Inaugural showed a "Democratic Reagan." So we ask an actual Democratic Reagan -- Ron -- and Nicolle Wallace their view and whether Obama was paradoxically Reaganesque in ending Reaganism. And will "Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall" be this era's "Ask not..."?
President Barack Hussein Obama's second inauguration pretty much dominated the political news this week. Oh, wait, I meant to say "a lip-synching scandal" was what dominated the airwaves in what passes for "journalism" in America these days. Sigh.
If the minority wishes to stall the process, which is their right, they must hold the floor by reciting everything from their reasons for opposition, the Constitution, the book of Leviticus, to their grandmothers biscuit recipe.
How is it that the increasingly popular Democrats refuse to wield the political cudgel that the voters have placed in their hand, while the increasingly unpopular Republicans have no qualms about pushing radical reforms to maintain a toehold on power?
Harry Reid talked a big game about taking apart the filibuster leading up to his Grand Bargain with Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky senator now promises to play nice. But like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, he has once again snookered the hapless Majority Leader.