The thirteen hour filibuster ended up being an elaborate marketing campaign by Marvel.
Source: ThanosCopter Newswire
Senator Rand Paul ended his thirteen hour filibuster in surprising fashion when he suddenly pulled out a copy of Age of Ultron #1 and encouraged the millions following the tense political drama to read the comic book, which was released in stores yesterday. The Kentucky senator had been delaying the Senate confirmation of CIA nominee John Brennan due to the Obama's administration's drone policy.
"If you want to see what happens when drones are unregulated, be sure to pick up this Marvel comic book and give it a read," Paul said, looking into the C-SPAN 2 camera and smiling.
Rand claimed that the reality shown in Age of Ultron #1, a bleak, post-apocalyptic world in which most superheroes and citizens are dead at the hands of gold-plated Ultron drones, would come to pass unless President Obama agreed not to use unmanned drones against American citizens.
"I found it to be a fascinating look into the future," said Paul. "These fine fellas at Marvel sure know what they're talking about when it comes to the future of drone warfare."
Many Twitter followers immediately purchased the book online and began to comment on it, still using the popular #standwithrand tag. "I #standwithrand in saying that Age of Ultron is a great comic book!" said 93 year old grandmother Eleanor Scott of New Brunswick, New Jersey.
"Age of Ultron?" said 24 year conservative activist Justin Higgins. "More like Age of Obama! #standwithrand"
Paul refused to comment as to whether his filibuster was part of Marvel's marketing campaign, but the company seemed to hint that was the case. "Much like we don't secretly own popular comic book websites such as Newsarama and CBR, we most certainly didn't reach an agreement with Senator Rand Paul to engage in a cross-promotional campaign," said Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso.
The Marvel executive then announced the new ongoing Marvel series Rand Paul: Super President, which will focus on Paul turning the United States into a utopia after winning the Oval Office in 2016.
Democrats were upset that the Kentucky senator used the filibuster in an attempt to market a comic book. "I am appalled at Senator Paul's endorsement of Age of Ultron #1," said Senate President Harry Reid. "We conduct our business in Washington DC. If we're using our political capital to promote comic books, it should be for DC Comics, not Marvel."
The Obama administration also spoke out against Age of Ultron. "The premise of the comic book is flawed," said President Obama in a statement. "Everyone knows that in the Marvel Universe, Superman, Spawn and the rest of the Justice Avengers would be able to stop a killer robot attack. Luckily, none of those heroes exist in the real world, so I get to keep using my killer robots as I see fit."
However, Paul insisted that he just really liked the comic book. "I've read it three times today," the Senator said. "And now I'm going to read it a fourth time as I go to the bathroom for the first time in like 14 hours!"
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