nytimes.com – It is not much exaggeration to suggest that there’s one real reason that the Senate voted on whether to advance the Keystone pipeline: Senator Mary L. Landrieu. Ms. Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, faces a runoff election on Dec. 6, after failing to win the 50 percent necessary to win her re-election bid outright on Nov. 4. The Keystone vote, which failed to secure the 60 votes necessary to pass the Senate, was intended to highlight Ms.

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