Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster this week exposed an emerging rift in the Republican Party on national security. For almost 13 hours, Paul tore into the Obama administration’s drone program, especially on whether the government could kill an American citizen on U.S. soil. First tea party members came to Paul’s aid during the filibuster, but by the end, establishment figures including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined his cause.
Party elders, Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain were outraged. On Thursday they delivered scathing criticism of the filibuster and took traditional Republican stances: defending the military and voicing a hawkish counterterrorism worldview.
On Friday’s NOW with Alex Wagner, former Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said she appreciates what McCain and Graham were trying to say but believes “they continued to be a little bit behind the curve of where a broad swath of the American people are” on the issue of drones. It appears McCain and Graham are also behind on where a few members of their own party are headed.
Watch the video above as Alex Wagner and the NOW panel discuss the Republican identity crisis over issues of national security.