Tonight is the night that Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu had promised to unify the Democrat-controlled Senate behind her and finally get the Keystone XL pipeline passed (the real pipeline, not the pretend one environmental protesters built on her front steps this morning). Landrieu faces a Dec. 6 runoff election against Rep. Bill Cassidy, and it sure would be nice to bring home the pipeline as proof of her commitment to the oil industry and jobs.

Landrieu enjoyed personal support on the Senate floor in place of votes; colleagues acknowledged she’s a great fighter for the wrong things.

National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke “live tweeted” Landrieu’s spectacular and unprecedented effort to win bipartisan support.

Great bedtime story, Mr. Cooke. Thank you.