Rand Paul rising: the ‘Facebook generation’ shouts over the Republican establishment

“Now, I was told I got 10 measly minutes,” the junior senator from Kentucky said as he took the podium at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland. “But just in case, I brought 13 hours’ worth of information.” The crowd, well aware of Rand Paul’s recent half-day seizure of the Senate floor in protest of the White House’s drone policy, roared in approval. Paul, in jeans, cowboy boots, and a suit jacket, held up two thick binders with material from his heroic, old-school filibuster. “I also came with a message, a message for the president,” he said. “A message that is loud and clear — a message that doesn’t mince words.” But Paul’s message was preempted by a young man in the audience, who interrupted with a shout that could be heard across the Potomac ballroom: “don’t drone

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