Reid's attempt to invoke cloture failed, but a few more "white flag" GOP Senators voted with him.
McCain was not voting. If he wants to do something to get the base excited, he might consider being out in front leading a Senate charge in favor of the troops and the surge he advocated. He could make a lot of "good pub" in that endeavor.
In Iraq, Petraeus need a few good battles, and some diplomatic coups to keep these birds off balance.
Here is the NYT headline on this development:
Senate Rejects Renewed Effort to Debate Iraq
NB: My headline is accurate, the NYT's is not. This is not debatable or capable of nuanced discussion. The NYT headline is simply misleading. In lefty terms, it is a "lie". Yellow Journalism, say I.