Over a million Tweets were sent (on March 6) about the filibuster. Almost as many generated by President Barack Obama’s most recent State of the Union address.
(Twitter 3/7/2013) In a modern-day “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” moment, Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul), R-Kentucky, stood on the Senate floor for almost 13 hours yesterday. He was using the filibuster to debate the Obama Administration’s drone policy prior to a vote on the White House’s nomination for CIA director.
As the hours passed, conversation on Twitter continued to grow. Supporters tweeted with #standwithrand, while others joined the conversation with creative hashtags like #filiblizzard and #paulnighter. Over a million Tweets were sent yesterday about the filibuster.
Senate rules do not permit carrying of digital devices while in the chamber, so Paul’s colleague Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) joined him on the floor to note that “the Twitterverse is blowing up” and read aloud (printed!) Tweets of support:
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 7, 2013
Something else to ponder. WARNING THIS IS DISTURBING AND THIS IS YOUR GOVERMENT.