Corn on MSNBC: Senior Republicans Call Rand Paul's Drone Filibuster "Ridiculous"

Tea party upstarts filibuster CIA head nomination—but is it just politicking?

Thu Mar. 7, 2013 9:24 PM EST

Senator Rand Paul's (R-KY) old-school talk-until-you-drop filibuster yesterday got people talking about drones again. The senator, aided by his tea party colleagues including  Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, insisted that the administration address whether drones could be used to kill Americans on American soil. (Attorney General Eric Holder answered that in an extremely terse letter.) The filibuster ended midnight yesterday. Obama's CIA nominee got confirmed today. So what was all the political grandstanding about? DC bureau chief discusses with MSBNC's Martin Bashir.

David Corn is Mother Jones' Washington bureau chief. For more of his stories, click here. He's also on Twitter.