But this isn't your wussy, modern filibuster, where you only need 41 senators to pledge not to vote for cloture to prevent even bringing a bill up. He's engaging in a good ol'-fashioned filibuster, the way it was meant to be done: getting to the Senate floor, standing up in front of the chamber, and talking about everything under the sun. Thus far, topics include:
— The disappearing middle class
He's been going since 10:25 am EST (7:25 am here), and shows little sign of slowing. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, also helped out earlier but hasn't been seen in awhile. We'll keep the list updated if it gets more interesting. You can check it out live on C-SPAN 2.
— The quality of the site slate.com
— Arianna Huffington's Third-World America, "a very good book"
— High-speed rail (and how it's not necessarily "high speed" at all, since sometimes it takes longer to get places than it used to)
— The maladies of a 65-year-old constituent who has to chop wood to keep up with the cold, despite back surgery.
— Campaign finance
— The Glass-Steagall Act
— Income inequality
— Poor quality of education
— FDR's "infamy" speech of Dec. 8, 1941. (Though he said he "saw a video" of it, which I'm fairly certain doesn't exist.)
— Teddy Roosevelt's thoughts on the estate tax (this one even had a chart! Five points for visual aids, Bernie!)
— Christmas present shopping, and his inability to find a product manufactured in America
— The overpayment of athletic superstars