This is not what Rand Paul promised viewers during the Republican 'debate' when he said, “I will stand firm. I will spend every ounce of energy to stop it. I will begin tomorrow to filibuster it.” When Paul made that statement, he knew he couldn’t filibuster the bill because McConnell had already filed a cloture motion.
His Senate colleagues, who have grown tired of the Republican senators who are running for president using the floor of the Senate as a tool for publicity, largely ignored Paul and did not join with him.
Paul’s filibuster was as lifeless as his pretender campaign.
His filibuster was a joke, and this time, people were not fooled. The budget deal passed as scheduled. Paul didn’t get the media attention, or the donor dollars that he desperately needed.
Paul has seemed disinterested in his pretender campaign since the rise of Trump and Carson buried him in the Republican field, and his attempt to sell a speech as a “filibuster” was as lazy and halfhearted as the candidate himself.