Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, one of a handful of Republicans expected to seek the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016, mounted a self-described filibuster this morning in an effort to block Senate confirmation of John Brennan as CIA director and the Obama administration's drone program.
As the filibuster reached the 8 hour mark, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, stood to relieve his colleague. In doing so, the Texan read tweets of support for Paul's efforts. The readings gave Cruz a piece of history of his own, becoming the first time twitter had been read on the Senate floor.
Paul's oration, supported at times by other conservatives, plus Sen. Ron Wyden, D-OR, took social media by storm, with the hastag 'StandWithRand' topping the trending topics on twitter for much of the afternoon.