Rand Paul's obviously not that committed to fighting the White House policy on drone strikes against Americans on US soil ... because if he was, he could have used a catheter yesterday, and could thus still be filibustering away. "I did think about it," the senator joked to Glenn Beck today after the host asked Paul, a doctor, why he didn't use one. "I've put them in before, and I really decided against it." So his filibuster ended after 13 hours, because he had to pee. (Amusingly, Paul's office confirms to the Washington Post that the catheter comment was a joke.)
Paul now holds the record for ninth-longest Senate speech, USA Today reports. The longest speech ever was Sen. Strom Thurmond's protest of the Civil Rights Act, which went on for more than a day. How did Thurmond accomplish it? Vanity Fair explains: He took steam baths for a few days in advance, so his dehydrated body would absorb more fluid, thus eliminating the need for a bathroom break. Plus, a 1957 report indicated he was able to go once, when a break was taken so the Congressional Record could be updated.