Landrieu steamrolled into the lame duck session intent on passing a bill authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline.
If it worked, it would put space between herself and an unpopular president, remind voters in the energy-rich state of her seniority on a key energy committee, and would be evidence she has the clout to pull together a Democratic coalition when it mattered most.
She fell one vote shy in an embarrassing defeat, while a version of the bill sponsored by Cassidy sailed through the House.
“A Keystone bill did pass one chamber of Congress, that was the Cassidy bill,” Cassidy said at a debate last week. “Sen. Landrieu could not get that passed in the Senate.”
Landrieu’s true last gasp was to call into question Cassidy’s character. In the final weeks of the race, she turned the entire focus of her campaign to allegations that Cassidy overbilled Louisiana State University.