Reviews of the orchestrated political theatre of Rand Paul's droning on and on from the Senate stage just get better and better.
Here, for instance, is Ron Paul's former agent, Jesse Benton, who's now Mitch McConnell's drama coach, telling BuzzFeed how it all went down in the minority leader's green room:
We didn't know that Rand was planning a talking filibuster but there's been plenty of communication at multiple levels that Rand planned to hold up the nomination. [McConnell] had let Rand know that he was supportive of the idea of at least holding [Brennan] to 60 votes. The leader was watching on C-SPAN like everyone else and we were showing him what was going on on Twitter. Rand's his friend, he really likes Rand, and he was personally inspired by what Rand was doing. He decided he needed to go down and support his friend. It was emotional. [Italics, ahem, mine.]
Well if that doesn't make you weepy, I just don't know what could. Won't you please help Mitch, Friend of Rand?
Meanwhile, hark!--a lone voice of honest criticism, from the wings:
[S]aid one McCain aide: "He knows that jumping on the Rand Paul black helicopters crazytrain isn't good for our Party or our country, no matter what Twitter says."
If only Republicans would straighten up, act right, and stop being so nasty ... to each other.