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    states a speaker may not speak twice in the same "legislative day" on the same topic without leave of the Senate.

    A "legislative day" only finishes the session is adjourned, and can stretch over several calendar days if need be.

    Therefore the Republicans can't tag team back and forth. At best 41 Senators (42 if Lieberman joins them) can speak sequentially.  If all of the Republicans can match Strom Thurmond's 24 hour eighteen minute record, we're in for 41 consecutive days of phone book reading.  Note that you have to yield to go the potty, so in all probability most Republicans won't be able to manage more than twelve hours.  So figure three solid weeks on the outside.

    I've lost my faith in nihilism

    by grumpynerd on Sun Feb 21, 2010 at 04:46:14 PM PST

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