All-Star Panel: Politics of Sen. Rand Paul filibuster

All-Star panel weighs in


This is a rush transcript from "Special Report," March 6, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

BRET BAIER, ANCHOR: Rand Paul live on the Senate floor continuing his filibuster.

SEN. RAND PAUL, R – KY:  -- they're going to have different rules but we already know that a large percentage of the drone strikes overseas were not naming the person. Is that going to be the standard?

We also know that we have targeted people for sympathizing with the enemy.  We talked about that before. In the 1960's we had many people who sympathized with North Vietnam. Many people will remember Jane Fonda swiveling herself around in the North Vietnamese artilleries and thinking gleefully that she was just right at home with the North Vietnamese. Now, I'm not a great fan of Jane Fonda. I'm really not so interested in putting her on a drone kill list either.

BAIER: OK Rand Paul, he has talked about a lot of things today. We just noticed he wolfed down a Snickers and some jelly beans. It doesn't look like he is going anywhere anytime soon. A.B., what about Rand Paul? He is obviously raising his profile. He is said to be considering a run for president.

A.B. STODDARD, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, THE HILL: Well, and this is an interesting -- everyone loves a filibuster in Washington. This is -- and everyone loves regular order. The fact that he is willing to stand there and go through this is quite impressive. He has actually done a good job, if you've listened to him. He is pretty articulated and prepared.

He actually at one point  did say though, it's not so much about filibustering the nomination of John Brennan so much as it is, as he said, a request to get the President of the United States to say that no Americans would be killed if they are not engaged in combat. And that is likely to happen. I don't think that this effort to codify the drone policy that Charles is talking about and that Eric Holder, the attorney general, talked about today in his testimony saying that eventually the White House is going to try to come up with steps to create some transparency on this, it's not going to happen while Rand Paul is standing there. But he is going to be remembered for this, and, I think that is what he wanted.

BAIER: At the same time, Steve, the president is having dinner with seven other Republicans. They won't be joining the filibuster. Nine others have, so far including the Democrat we told you about earlier, Ron Wyden. What about the politics of all this and how this all plays out?

STEVE HAYES, SENIOR WRITER, THE WEEKLY STANDARD: We are at this fascinating moment where the president has exported law enforcement techniques overseas. That's why we didn't have access to Ali Harzi, the Benghazi suspect, it's because it was focused on law enforcement and he is bringing counter terror measures from overseas back to the United States, at least in theory. I think it's a good moment for Rand Paul. I think he made strong, principled arguments, even if you didn't agree with him. He clearly knew his stuff. And I think it gets him the attention he wants.

BAIER: Last word.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: It's a stroke of political genius. He will be remembered. This raises his image and he is completely sincere about this. I think he will be -- this will be a moment that people will say launched him as a national figure.

BAIER: That is it for the panel. But stay tuned, well, we'll stay on the topic of drones and transparency.  

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