There may be no pressing reason for Sen. Rand Paul to again embark upon an old-fashioned Senate filibuster, now that Attorney General Eric Holder has given him the answer on drone attacks he sought in launching yesterday’s 13-hour talkfest.
But if Paul does decide to repeat his imitation of Jimmy Stewart in the famed 1939 film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” the Kentucky Republican said he’d do one thing differently in preparing to strain his vocal cords.
“I would have eaten a bigger breakfast” before yesterday’s marathon stint, he said on Fox News this afternoon.
Responding on air to Holder’s terse, to-the-point “no” answer, in a letter, to the question Paul poased of whether the president has authority to order a drone strike targeting an American not engaged in combat on American soil, the lawmaker said: “Hurrah.”
Paul then expressed his chagrin that, from his viewpoint, he had to spend the last several weeks dragging that answer out of the administration, an effort that culminated with his filibuster.