Earlier this afternoon, Republicans voted, for the third straight day, to block Democrats' financial reform bill from getting a hearing on the Senate floor. But starting last night, Republicans began to hint that they'd ultimately relent, and none more candidly than Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH). If a bipartisan agreement can't be reached, Voinovich said last night, "we'll just get it out there and move on with it."
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Voinovich has long been considered a swing vote on financial reform, and a number of Republican sources, both on the Hill and off, told me weeks ago that they viewed him as, in some ways, the weakest link.