Rand Paul: Obstructionist or uniter?

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Rand Paul speaking at the 2012 RNC in Tampa, Florida.
Rand Paul speaking at the 2012 RNC in Tampa, Florida.
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It didn’t take very long for #standwithrand to begin trending worldwide on Twitter. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul began his nearly 13-hour filibuster, delaying the confirmation of CIA Director nominee John Brennan, on Wednesday at 11:47 a.m. EST. But by the end, Paul seemed to have reinvigorated his party, and a few others from across the aisle. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza saying:

“While the issue Paul chose — drones and, specifically, the possibility of strikes against American citizens in the U.S. — isn’t a high-profile one, it became clear as the Kentucky Republican talked (and talked) that he was creating a major moment for a party that hasn’t had very many of those since Nov. 6, 2012.”


Some of his colleagues stepped in, helping to get Paul through the filibuster, including potential 2016 primary rival, Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio used up some of the time quoting Jay-Z, “The Godfather” and offering advice on how to stay hydrated.


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Did what start as an act of obstructionism, turn into a “kumbaya” moment for Capitol Hill? And how long will it last?

Probably until CPAC begins.

Today’s Panel:

Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post/msnbc Contributor (@capehartj)

Sam Stein, Political Editor and White House Correspondent, The Huffington Post/msnbc contributor (@samsteinhp)

Josh Barro, Columnist, Bloomberg View (@jbarro)

Richard Wolffe, Executive Editor, msnbc.com/msnbc political analyst (@richardwolffedc)

Rand Paul: Obstructionist or uniter?

Updated