Long-Winded: the 5 Most Historical Filibusters of All Time

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If you’ve caught any news coverage of late, you’ve no doubt been bombarded by the word “filibuster.” And no, it isn’t the name of the #12 horse in the fifth at Churchill Downs; it’s in reference to the recent filibuster of Kentucky Senator, Rand Paul. Essentially, when someone wants to delay or even prevent a vote on a particular piece of legislature, they may take the Senate floor and speak for hours on end about the issue in question, or really about anything they want—whatever it takes to obstruct the process from moving forward. It’s an odd and seemingly dated practice in our government, but since it’s inception in the 1840s, it’s proven an effective, albeit exhausting endeavor. These are the 5 most historical filibusters.
Long-Winded: the 5 Most Historical Filibusters of All Time

2Strom Thurmond - 1957

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The former Republican Senator from South Carolina passed away in 2003 at the age of 100, but Strom Thurmond still owns the record for the longest filibuster in US history. Over the course of 24 hours and 18 minutes, he killed time by reciting the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, George Washington’s farewell address and even read from the phonebook. Though considering his epic speech was an effort to block the Civil Rights Act of 1957, we can safely assume it’s a record that his family may not exactly be beaming with pride about. It also explains why if you Google his name, “Strom Thurmond racist” is the third most popular search.

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