It’s time to name names.
Yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) embarked upon an historic filibuster in an attempt to coax the White House to answer a basic and fundamental constitutional question that affects every American’s 5th Amendment rights. He was joined by thirteen other Republican Senators as well as one Democrat.
While the stand for liberty and government accountability was taking place on Capitol Hill, a handful of Republican Senators were having an off-the-record dinner with President Barack Obama. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) noteably attended the dinner with the President and then made their way to the Senate Chambers and participated in the filibuster.
Republican members of the House of Representatives walked down the hall to support Sen. Paul. Rep. Louie Gohmert even brought the weary senator some chocolate bars and cough drops.
But what about the Republican senators who had something better to do Wednesday night?
The following Republicans were either at the Washington Wizards game, maybe at Starbucks, or were attending to some other pressing issue that was more important than supporting a member of their party who had the audacity to expect the White House to answer a basic, fundamental constitutional question.
Alexander, Lamar – (R – TN) Class II
Ayotte, Kelly – (R – NH) Class III
Blunt, Roy – (R – MO) Class III
Boozman, John – (R – AR) Class III
Burr, Richard – (R – NC) Class III
Coats, Daniel – (R – IN) Class III
Coburn, Tom – (R – OK) Class III
Cochran, Thad – (R – MS) Class II
Collins, Susan M. – (R – ME) Class II
Corker, Bob – (R – TN) Class I
Crapo, Mike – (R – ID) Class III
Enzi, Michael B. – (R – WY) Class II
Fischer, Deb – (R – NE) Class I
Graham, Lindsey – (R – SC) Class II
Grassley, Chuck – (R – IA) Class III
Hatch, Orrin G. – (R – UT) Class I
Heller, Dean – (R – NV) Class I
Hoeven, John – (R – ND) Class III
Inhofe, James M. – (R – OK) Class II
Isakson, Johnny – (R – GA) Class III
Johanns, Mike – (R – NE) Class II
McCain, John – (R – AZ) Class III
Murkowski, Lisa – (R – AK) Class III
Portman, Rob – (R – OH) Class III
Risch, James E. – (R – ID) Class II
Roberts, Pat – (R – KS) Class II
Sessions, Jeff – (R – AL) Class II
Shelby, Richard C. – (R – AL) Class III
Vitter, David – (R – LA) Class III
Wicker, Roger F. – (R – MS) Class I