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The best of Rand's filibuster

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul filibustered the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA for nearly 13 hours. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell looks at some...

‘Paranoia’ on the Senate floor: Highlights from Rand Paul’s filibuster

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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul mounted a filibuster over the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA, also aiming to call attention to the Obama’s administration’s controversial drone policy.

On Thursday, msnbc’s Lawrence O’Donnell weighed in on the stunt in his latest Rewrite segment. ”Paranoia runs deep on the Senate floor when Rand Paul is on his feet,” he said. “I’ve heard many important and thoughtful concerns and questions raised about the American military’s use of drones, but I’ve never heard any of them raised by Rand Paul.”

O’Donnell shared a highlight reel of the senator’s more interesting/nonsensical ramblings that came up during the 13-hour verbal marathon:

“I will speak until I can no longer speak.”

“No, no said the queen.”

“Everybody is al Qaeda.”

“Hold your tongue said the queen turning purple.”

“If there’s a gentleman or a woman with a grenade launcher attacking our buildings or our Capitol, we use lethal force.”

“No we won’t drop bombs on restaurants.”

“Your notification is the buzz of the propellers on the drone as it flies overhead in the seconds before you’re killed. Is that what we really want from our government?”

“Gobblety-gook!”

“The leap of logic is so fantastic as to boggle the mind. “

“The drone strike program is sort of like a lawn mower.”

“I don’t intend to to break the First Amendment, but I might.”

“Who’s gonna decide when it’s okay to have food in your house and when it’s not?”

“See, there are a lot of questions that aren’t being asked.”

“You believe in the Constitution so much, you might be a terrorist.”

“I’m not talking about someone with a bazooka or a grenade launcher on their shoulder.”

“I was at a Tea Party meeting and I was critical of the President, but I’m not a revolutionary, please don’t kill me.”

“My throat’s already dry, and I just got started.”

“I mean, and if you don’t answer it, basically by not answering you’re answering yes.”

“I would feel a little more comfortable if it wasn’t an accusation from a politician that unleashes Hellfire missiles.”

“Democracies did bad things.”

“I ask, do we know where all the students are?”

“The answers that we’ve gotten are almost more disturbing than getting an answer to tell you the truth.”

“I don’t think the president would purposefully take innocent people and kill them. I really don’t think he’d drop a Hellfire missile on a cafe or restaurant like I’m talking about.”

“You might have a drone attack you in your bed, tonight.”

“If you’re going to kill non-combatants, people eating dinner in America, there have to be some rules.”

“Probably, inevitably, the milkman’s gotta go to the terrorist camp, or the doctor as well.”

“It’s hard to know what to believe.”

'Paranoia' on the Senate floor: Highlights from Rand Paul's filibuster

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