Gene Healy on Rand Paul vs. the "Forever War"


Rand Paul
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The cruelest thing about politics, writes Gene Healy, is that it occasionally gets your hopes up. Sometimes, just when you've almost concluded that the best D.C. has to offer is ringside seats at the latest legislative catastrophe, you get an unexpected outbreak of political courage and common sense. So it was a cruel trick Sen. Rand Paul played last Wednesday with his 13-hour filibuster of CIA director nominee John Brennan. For a not-so-brief moment, it seemed possible to restore "normalcy" and bring an end to endless war.