How Did Rand Paul’s Filibuster Stack Up?
The Washington Post outlines how Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster yesterday compared to some of the great filibusters in American history, then looks at how long Paul would have needed to continue to match the record:
“Paul’s filibuster, which finished just shy of 13 hours, didn’t come close to the legendary filibusters — starting with Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” who was depicted as having spoken nearly 24 hours, though the 1939 movie only ran a bit more than two hours.
The record filibuster goes, of course, to former South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond in opposing the 1957 civil rights bill. Thurmond, then a Democrat, held the floor for 24 hours and 18 minutes.”
Though to be fair, Jimmy Stewart wasn’t actually a member of the Senate at the time. :D