#Filiblizzard Spurs a Tweetstorm

Posted March 6, 2013 at 5:38pm

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has been filibustering the nomination of John O. Brennan to head the CIA for hours now, and neither he nor the commentators on Twitter have stopped for so much as a drink of water.

Moira Bagley, communications director for Paul, tweeted in the morning that #filiblizzard was to be the official hashtag for following Paul’s speech, which might have provided more drama than the actual “snowstorm” outside.

Though it’s hard to tell whether she was joking, the tag has taken on a life of its own on all sides of the issue.

As Paul went on (and on), he was joined by Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others.


Paul followers in the Twitterverse cheered this turn:

And dissenters dished out the snark:

At one point, seven of the 10 trending topics for Washington, D.C.’s Twitterverse had to do with the filibuster, whether it was #filiblizzard, #tcot or #StandWithRand.

The Alamo is also trending, thanks to Cruz, who was visibly excited when he used the 177th anniversary of the Texan siege as an allegory for his and Paul’s stand against President Barack Obama’s refusal to answer Paul’s questions on unmanned drone strike killings on American soil.