Since last week – as in the clip above – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has been at 11 over the Republicans’ insistence on tax cuts for the rich. This morning at 10:25, he launched a filibuster over it, and seriously, give that guy a foot rub after this. A couple of hours in, Dave Weigel reports:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are trading off time, which looked very necessary after two hours of speaking from Sanders left him visibly more tired.Now Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) is taking a turn. Ms. Landrieu knows how to fill time – she spent five minutes talking about large families, sometimes with nine kids, sometimes with 12 kids, sometimes with six kids… Sen. Landrieu didn’t just go to Catholic school with mass every week. They had mass “every week, every week, every week.” And you know what? It’s riveting. “Holy crow. It’s an actual filibuster, not just a silent cloture vote,” writes Twitter pal @hataroni. “This is amazing. An actual live filibuster. By progressives. Against tax cuts for top 2%. Streaming live.” It’s a C-SPAN 2 kind of Friday. UPDATE: Sen. Sanders’ office says he plans to keep talking for several hours instead of indefinitely. And since there are no votes scheduled for today, Sen. Sanders isn’t holding anything up, NBC’s Ken Strickland reports. Which makes this more of a “filibuster” than a filibuster.