During a conference call with reporters, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) floated the idea of filibustering a vote on military action in Syria.
“I can’t imagine that we won’t require 60 votes on this,” Paul said Tuesday afternoon. “Whether there’s an actual standing filibuster — I’ve got to check my shoes and check my ability to hold my water. And we will see. I haven’t made a decision on that.”
Paul is referring to the fact that his epic 13-hour filibuster of President Obama’s use of drones on American citizens was ended when the senator said his bladder could endure no more.
As for the chances that any effort he spearheads could thwart the Establishment’s rush to war (leaders of both major political parties support armed intervention in Syria), Paul admits that the chances are slim. In fact, he suspects that House of Representatives is the best hope for derailing the project.
Calling any attack on Syria “a bad idea,” Paul informed reporters that “at least nine out ten” of his constituents are against the president’s planned missile attack on the Middle Eastern nation.
On the House side, Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.) is one of the lawmakers who consistently “Stands with Rand” in defense of the Constitution. In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Amash reports that during an 11-stop town hall trip through his district, he “heard from concerned citizens, from veterans of our Armed Forces, from military spouses — I heard from hundreds of people — and almost unanimously, the people of [Michigan's 3rd Congressional District] said they do not support military action.”
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