After reading a post that seemed to have confused what happened during the Hagel vote with what happened during the Brennan vote, I think that might be the source of some confusion.
If somebody says Rand filibustered then voted for what he filibustered, all other facts being correct and understood, that could only apply to Hagel. Rand joined other Republicans in delaying Hagel’s nomination for Defense. Harry Reid called it a filibuster. The media and even here, ran with that word. Be that as it may, when Hagel was voted on, Rand voted FOR him.
So that might be leaving a misimpression. Because the issue under discussion is Rand’s lone filibuster stopping the Brennan for CIA vote over the drone issue, until Rand could no longer hold the floor and a vote occurred, at which time Rand voted against Brennan. So that doesn’t fit at all with the scenario that “he filibustered, then voted for what he filibustered”.
But the Hagel vote does. Except, that was not the occasion of Rand’s lone filibuster until he could no longer. That occasion was Brennan’s nomination, and yes, Rand ultimately voted no on it.
I don’t really care. Rand’s vote, yea or nay on Brennan, wasn’t and isn’t the issue I’m addressing. Brennan is awful, but I agree with Ted Cruz’s votes against Kerry, Hagel and Brennan, whereas Rand voted for the other two.
You could be right about what confused the other poster, hard to know.
In any event, I totally agree with your concluding sentence. I've got my eye on all these guys. At the moment, Cruz is looking good to me.