Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s last ditch effort to save her skin by pushing the Keystone Pipeline bill through the Senate has not turned out well for her. In fact, she may have just suffered “the biggest indignity of her 2014 campaign, and possibly of her political career.” The Washington Post,
Landrieu, reduced to a relatively pointless gambit to demonstrate her clout in Washington, failed to secure the 60 votes required to move forward with the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. She came up one vote shy.
This was basically Landrieu’s final play. With no party funding for her campaign, she has been drubbed on the airwaves — as in, exponentially so. And even before that, few gave her much hope in her runoff with Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).
So in a last-ditch effort to move the needle, she launched the Keystone campaign. Nevermind that the very same bill will probably pass with ease once Republicans take control of the Senate in January. She wanted to prove she could make it happen two months earlier — because why not.
And despite all of it — despite the whole dog-and-pony show of the past week — Democrats couldn’t even give Landrieu enough votes to breathe a little life (hypothetically, at least) into her long-shot campaign.