Syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer on Wednesday called Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) lengthy filibuster a “stroke of political genius” and said it will prove to be the moment that thrust him onto the national stage.

“He will be remembered,” Krauthammer said of Paul and the filibuster, which began just before 12 p.m. ET and was didn’t end until after midnight.

“This raises his image, and he’s completely sincere about this,” he added. “This will be a moment that people will say has launched him as a national figure.”

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