Rand Paul’s mixed civil liberties track record
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has been having a good day, getting heaps of praise for drawing attention to the Obama administration's drone policy with an almost 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan's nomination to the CIA. Republicans and conservatives (several of whom have been no friends to civil liberties) rallied around him during the filibuster. Michelle Malkin said he might have helped the Republican Party's "tarnished brand." Even liberals like Van Jones, Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart praised him, with the latter two devoting full show segments to it.
But his record on other civil rights and civil liberties issues has been mixed: