The Filibuster’s Top 10 Winners and LosersSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Sat, 03/09/2013 - 16:09
As the nation continues to reflect on Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster, let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers of the historic event.
(aside from Rand Paul, in no particular order)
1) Civil liberties: It’s not a question of, as some described it, “Don’t drone me, bro!” awareness. Rather, a general discussion of civil liberties is now on the tip of everyone’s lips, even in the tricky case of civil liberties as they relate to combatting terrorism (Are ‘kill lists’ acceptable? What constitutes an ‘imminent threat’?). More so, conservatives demonstrated that, in the current age, as it was in the past, this is and can be a key element – a mantle, a tenet – of the Right.
2) Libertarianism: Clearly. While it remains to be seen whether this will last, those 13 hours may possibly be considered the moment libertarianism was officially embraced by the Right – or at least by the ‘new Right’ led by Paul & Company.
3) Twitter: When Ted Cruz spent a good portion of time reading Tweets aloud on the floor, to provide Paul with encouragement, this was a historical first. Cruz wasn’t reading Facebook comments or network news’ pundits’ remarks. These were Tweets … and these were Tweets from everyday Americans, including a grandmother who noted she had learned to Tweet that evening solely in order to stand with Rand. (Hey Dick Costolo, you got at least one new Twitter user out of the gig.) Behold, the power of Twitter.