Sen. John McCain bade a fond farewell to his Democrat partner in crime Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) who lost his reelection bid last month on Tuesday.

Together the two Senators sponsored the campaign finance law known as McCain-Feingold in 2002 which has been the target of much scorn by conservatives ever since it was passed.

In the tradition of the clubby nature of the Senate where politics often does make for strange bedfellows McCain told his colleagues that the “The Senate will be a much poorer place without Russ Feingold in it.” despite they often disagreed with each other on policy matters.

McCain went on heaping praise on the three term Democrat by saying “In his time in the Senate, Russ Feingold every day and in every way had the courage of his convictions,” adding, “I think he is one of the most admirable people I have ever met in my entire life. … I don’t think he is replaceable.”

It was an emotional moment for McCain seeing the co-architect of one of the most sweeping campaign finance laws ever enacted now leaving the Senate after having been swept away in the anti-Democrat fever of the November elections.  And to further pour salt in the wounds watching earlier this year when the Supreme Court wiped out large portions of the law and rendering it largely ineffective.

For McCain he will just have to soldier on without his liberal buddy and in a Senate that has turned more conservative to boot which will make him even more uncomfortable in the days and years ahead.