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

5Harry Reid - 2003

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Senator Harry Reid, a Democrat out of Nevada, makes the cut for using perhaps the most hilarious tactic ever during his 2003 filibuster. In an effort to block the judicial nominations of then President George W. Bush, Reid took to the floor for a period of roughly 9 hours and proceeded to read aloud from a book called “Searchlight.” So why is this so amusing? Because “Searchlight” was written by none other than Senator Harry Reid. Hey, if you’re going to have to speak for 9 hours straight, you might as well get some unabashed self-promotion out of it, right?

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