When challenged to make good on their obstructionism, Republicans fold.
A deal to proceed (on debating Financial Reform–ed.) came after Democrats threatened to keep the Senate in session all night to put pressure on Republicans. Minutes after an aide said cots would be set up for senators to sleep on, an agreement was announced.
Formal debate on the bill will begin at 12:15 p.m. (1615 GMT) on Thursday, said Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid.
It’s about time the filibusterers were called on to actually filibuster.
From the Dept. of Etymology Dept.: “Filibusterer” is a corruption of “freebooter,” a synonym for brigand or pirate. From the Gnome Dictionary, the Webster’s 1913 definition:
A lawless military adventurer, especially one in quest of plunder; a freebooter; — originally applied to buccaneers infesting the Spanish American coasts, but introduced into common English to designate the followers of Lopez in his expedition to Cuba in 1851, and those of Walker in his expedition to Nicaragua, in 1855.
In quest of plunder.