Supporters of a constitutional amendment to ban burning of the American flag say they are one vote shy of having the constitutionally mandated two thirds of the Senate needed to pass the proposed change to the constitution.
And to tell you the truth, I suspect many of those supporters are just fine with the whip count being right where it is.
When the Senate finishes debate this week on the amendment, if nothing changes Republicans will fall one vote shy of their bid. That means that every Democratic Senator up for reelection this year who votes against the amendment cast the deciding vote — at least as far as their Republican opponent is concerned. It becomes an election year issue and a campaign stump speech. For supporters of the amendment, that is a nice consolation prize in the wake of losing the Senate vote.
UPDATE 6:40 pm Tuesday: The amendment failed by one vote.