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March 8, 2013 - 7:17 am
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After Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) gave an assist to Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) filibuster, some on the left were eagerly trying to frame the floor speech as not “joining” in a GOP filibuster.

About four hours into Paul’s nearly 13-hour filibuster of the John Brennan nomination, Wyden announced via Twitter he was “heading to the floor to speak on Congressional oversight of executive branch & rules for targeted killings.”

To keep the filibuster going — and to get a bit of a break from marathon talking — Paul needed to hand the mic off to a colleague who would technically pose a question to the senator without yielding the floor.

“The issue of American security and American freedom really doesn’t get enough discussion here in the United States Senate and it’s my view that the senator from Kentucky has made a number of important points this day,” Wyden said.

Though admitting he would inevitably vote for Brennan — which even some Republicans who assisted Paul did — Wyden lauded his GOP colleague for a consistent stand on civil rights and said “the executive branch should not be allowed to conduct such a serious and far-reaching program by themselves without any scrutiny, because that’s not how American democracy works. That’s not what our system is about.”

Later on MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow was insistent that Wyden had “engaged Senator Paul in debate.”

“I was careful to say it that way, because as far as I understand it, you are not participating in the filibuster of John Brennan`s nomination. You do believe he should get an up or down vote. You do not want it delayed,” Maddow told Wyden.

“Did this debate about congressional oversight and transparency on drones, did it get better today by use of this tactic?” she asked.

“I think the American people certainly know more about the fundamental question, which is we have to strike a better balance, Rachel, between protecting our security and protecting our liberty,” Wyden said. “…And this debate is just beginning. And the reason I went to the floor today is, I thought it was an opportune time to try to show that there is a new effort by both progressives and conservatives to try to show that in our country, it’s possible both to protect our liberties and at the same time ensure that we’re vigilant against the very real threats that are out there.”

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Madcow is still on the air? Who knew?

I'm not surprised she finds it unfathomable that a Democrat could muster up some support for a Republican. After all in her world its a game of 'us against them'. Subject matter isn't the concern - this isn't right vs wrong - opposing the 'R's at every turn is the game. And if a few Americans get their asses 'droned out' in the process so what? Why should she care? If Feckless Won said they had to go - well who is she to question The Won's judgment?
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In politics and in ideologies there are unexpected cross-currents and intersections.

I applaud Sens. Paul and Wyden for their views even though I have strong disagreements with each of them on other issues. Things are getting so crazy with how America is "governed" that I actually found an instance where I agreed with Dennis Kucinich, when he pointed out, correctly, that our involvement in Lybia was illegal, as Congress wasn't even consulted.
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Maddow is a swell guy - just a little confused ideologically.
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Yeah but Madcow is on the air at a network of shrinking viewer ship. More people read about what was said by the twats on MSNBC than those that actually grit their teeth and watch it. The more they blather on the more they damage their cause it seems to me.
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what needs to change is that politics should not be a sport with people looking who scored points, and who won.

Politics should be about what is best for the country and statesmen cross that border, and Sen. Paul did that, and libs can't fathom that because in their bubble you even had people that didn't understand how Reagan or Nixon ever won the presidency because they didn't know a person that voter for them. Now that is living in a bubble of ignorance and dare say stupidity,
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It's easy to get what Maddow's doing here -- MSNBC and other Democratic Party shills can't allow any shading of the narrative.

MSNBC's viewers have to believe that all liberals are good, all conservatives are bad, and the Tea Party conservatives are the worst of the worst. So you have to demonize Rand Paul, especially since he's one of the Republicans possible 2016 presidential nominees.

If your Rachel Maddow and you want to frame every issue in the most stark, black & white terms possible, you can't tell your viewers Ron Wyden and Rand Paul might share similar beliefs on the constitutionality of using military drones on civilian targets inside the U.S. If you grant that, you grant the possibility that someone backed by the Tea Party might have some other ideas that are good, and in MSNBC's playbook, that is not allowed.
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Here is my favorite 50 seconds of Sen. Wyden not assisting Sen. Paul. in his filibuster. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sL7SLPYku70
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Madcow is still on the air? Who knew?

I'm not surprised she finds it unfathomable that a Democrat could muster up some support for a Republican. After all in her world its a game of 'us against them'. Subject matter isn't the concern - this isn't right vs wrong - opposing the 'R's at every turn is the game. And if a few Americans get their asses 'droned out' in the process so what? Why should she care? If Feckless Won said they had to go - well who is she to question The Won's judgment?
1 year ago
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In politics and in ideologies there are unexpected cross-currents and intersections.

I applaud Sens. Paul and Wyden for their views even though I have strong disagreements with each of them on other issues. Things are getting so crazy with how America is "governed" that I actually found an instance where I agreed with Dennis Kucinich, when he pointed out, correctly, that our involvement in Lybia was illegal, as Congress wasn't even consulted.
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I had the same Twilight Zone experience a couple weeks ago. He did not sound like the usual Kucinich at all.
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Just the fact Madcow remains on the air is a signpost we are on the highway to ruin.
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I do not believe the ADA applies to the Senate. They exempt themselves from nearly every rule they require the rest of us to follow.
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