Yesterday, our senior senator embarked on a Quixotic endeavor to debate the Keystone XL pipeline in the US Senate. The vote was simply for cloture, to open the measure for debate. She needed 60 votes and failed in her attempt, derailed by members (lots of them) in her own party. At the end of the attempt, only 13 Democratic senators voted with her. The Washington Post is calling it her final indignity, but I feel that they're being premature.
The list of senators who voted against her is long, to include the current leadership. It was a stinging rebuke, and put the lie to her campaign promise; that her leadership and seniority in the Senate are vital to Louisiana. The other senators and the leadership showed that she has no clout in the Senate, not even enough to have other senators support her in a symbolic gesture.
The final indignity will occur if Senator Landrieu continues in her quest for re-election and it won't be the indignity of her final defeat, it will be the indignity that she foists upon the people of Louisiana by continuing the race. She gathered a paltry 42 percent of the vote, probably all that she'll gather in the runoff. The other senators in the Senate have revealed her to be a sham, without clout or influence within the party. She has nothing left to offer Louisiana. It's been a good run, but it's over.
To paraphrase Edwin Edwards, the only way Cassidy can lose this race is if he's found in bed with a live boy or a dead girl. It's inevitable and everybody sees it but Ladrieu. If she knew Louisiana, she'd know that she is done.
Mary Landrieu should follow the example of that same Edwin Edwards, and concede, as Edwards did in 1987 when he saw that he couldn't command a majority. He conceded gracefully and let Buddy Roemer struggle as a minority governor. This is Mary's option now, to continue to struggle against the inevitable or to bow out gracefully.
She won't do that, though. She has neither the grace nor the political acumen for that. No, we'll have to beat her, and I'll be happy to pull the lever against her in December.