Nice try but no sale.
Senators supporting the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday came up one vote short of securing approval for the controversial project after days of intense lobbying from some of the pipeline’s biggest supporters in the upper chamber.
Fourteen Democrats joined all 45 Republican senators in voting for the pipeline, which needed 60 votes to pass. The finally tally was 59-41.
The whole point of the vote seemed to be to rescue the moribund campaign of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) who faces an uphill battle in her run-off election next month. Even if the bill had passed, it would have been vetoed by President Obama.
And even if he had signed the bill, it’s not clear if the pipeline would get built anytime soon. It faces a number of challenges in court, including a ruling pending from the Supreme Court in Nebraska over who gets to determine the route of the pipeline, and resistance from Native Americans who don’t want it crossing their land.
If the only reason to vote for it was to save someone’s Senate seat, that’s reason enough to vote against it.