His voice boomed through the Senate chamber on Wednesday afternoon as he argued against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act during what he described as a filibuster. “We think collecting everyone’s phone records all the time without suspicions is sort of like a general warrant,” he said of himself and his allies on the issue, like fellow Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). “We think that the American people also believe this.”
Yes, the 10 hours and 30 minutes the senator spent speechifying on the Senate floor Wednesday against NSA spying wasn’t technically a filibuster. But that wasn’t the point.