Filibuster flashback: How Speaker Rubio handled the marathon in 2008
April 17, 2008 -- 11:25 a.m.
"The sergeant will secure the chamber," declares House Speaker Marco Rubio. "I also order the sergeant to find each member of the House and bring them into the chamber. I think we'll make plans to be here quite awhile." Three minutes later, clerks begin reading an 86-page condo association measure.
Thus began a saga that would last until 2:17 a.m. the next day, Democrats forcing bills to be read word-for-word. As the hours passed, Rubio was, in turns, surly (12:40 p.m. he cuts off Internet and BlackBerry service) and overcome with laughter. There was tension and hilarity, and a mysterious pen napper.