The Senate Republicans gave up their filibuster of the financial reform bill because, apparently, they would have to work nights.
The decision by Republicans to allow floor deliberations came after they voted three days in a row to block the bill, and it suggested that they saw political peril in being depicted as impeding tougher rules for Wall Street.
Before the logjam broke, Democrats on Wednesday threatened to keep the Senate in session overnight to dramatize the Republican opposition.
Republicans said they decided to move forward after talks broke down between leaders of the banking committee and it was clear they would win no further changes before debate.
And Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) told them there would be no hot chocolate and num-nums if they didn’t do as they were told.