The Filibuster’s Top 10 Winners and Losers

As the nation continues to reflect on Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster, let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers of the historic event.

WINNERS
(aside from Rand Paul, in no particular order)

1) Civil liberties: It’s not a question of, as some described it, “Don’t drone me, bro!” awareness. Rather, a general discussion of civil liberties is now on the tip of everyone’s lips, even in the tricky case of civil liberties as they relate to combatting terrorism (Are ‘kill lists’ acceptable? What constitutes an ‘imminent threat’?). More so, conservatives demonstrated that, in the current age, as it was in the past, this is and can be a key element – a mantle, a tenet – of the Right.

2) Libertarianism: Clearly. While it remains to be seen whether this will last, those 13 hours may possibly be considered

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