Maybe I'm posting too much today, but there's a lot of postgame analysis. National Journal's Blogometer has this to say about VichyDems' (yours and mine) efforts:
Vichy Dems wrote, "Four up, one down, one big fracking sissy: Republican Senator John Ensign in car accident, unable to attend cloture vote -- that's effectively one more for our side!" Conservative Adam's Blog responds: "Wow, that's the Democrats' key plan for victory. Make sure enough Republicans in car wrecks and then celebrating afterwards."
Nice getting noticed. Not nice getting misquoted (or, in Robert Frost's great words, "willfully misunderstood"). What I really wrote was this:
Big recent developments: Four up, one down, one big fracking sissy: Republican Senator John Ensign in car accident, unable to attend cloture vote -- that's effectively one more for our side! Independent Jim Jeffords commits to support the filibuster! Tom Harkin will abstain from the cloture vote! Dayton will vote no on cloture. On the downside, Kent Conrad is solidly against filibuster. Joe Lieberman is waffling big-time...
And later, I wrote:
The Republicans are down to 54 Party votes, with John Ensign in a car accident (not seriously injured, thankfully, but unable to attend).
Not quite as lachrymose as Harry Reid's almost tearful homage to Ensign's bravery for daring to drive an automobile, delivered on the Senate floor before the cloture vote, but not as heartless as it comes across on National Journal (which sounds like it cribbed straight from Adam's Blog instead of researching directly).
NJ does, however, have us categorized under "Kossack Krack-Up", which I take as high praise.