Chief Congressional Correspondent
Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster on the Senate floor has rallied the fledgling Tea Party movement from a months-long slump and highlighted the schism between those brassy conservative newcomers and their Republican Party elders.
“What a night,” Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said after Paul’s filibuster, which began Wednesday about noon and ended about 1 a.m. Thursday. “He has definitely energized the base in a way that it hasn’t been energized in a long time.”
Paul pledged to “speak until I can no longer speak” to prevent a vote on the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA and lashed out at the Obama administration’s possible use of drones on U.S. soil. Fourteen GOP senators, many of them affiliated with the Tea Party, came to the Senate floor to help Paul, R-Ky., maintain the filibuster, including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Tim Scott, R-South Carolina.
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