While Environmentalists and Democrats celebrated their victory against drilling in the Arctic refuge, "it was stinging personal loss for Ted Stevens, the senior Senate Republican, who saw victory in his 25-year crusade slip away yet again." (New York Times)
"This has been the saddest day of my life. It's a day I don't want to remember, and I'm sorry to see it come to an end -cause I am drawing a line with a lot of people I've worked with before. I really am--I say goodbye to the Senate tonight. Thank you very much."