I don't understand what Paul Rand was trying to achieve with his fillibuster yesterday. He knew going into it that John Brennan had enough support on both sides of the aisle to get enough votes to be confirmed, but he went ahead with the stupid fillibuster thingy anyway. These are the only reasons I can come up with why he thought This Would Be a Good Idea:
1. He hopes to be the next Jimmy Stewart and he thought that by staging a one-man production of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, he'd be a shoe-in. Personally, I think he would have been better off choosing something a little lighter, like Harvey. Who wouldn't enjoy seeing a Republican walk around talking to a six-foot invisible rabbit? (White Rabbit, of course.)
2. He wants to follow in the footsteps of other great Historical Rands, like Ayn or McNally, but he's neither an author nor a cartographer. He'd be better off adding a Y to his name and writing clever songs about short people or TV detectives, and singing them with a New Orleans accent. There's your surefire ticket to fame, right there.
3. He's an Asshole.
You make the call.