Apparently, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t very happy with Majority Leader Reid:
[D]espite a previously solid working and personal relationship with his Democratic counterpart, McConnell chose to ignore both the election night call and a subsequent follow-up call from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), whose party had dumped more than $6 million into Kentucky in an ultimately futile push to knock off the Republican leader.
In fact, according to Democrats and Republicans familiar with the situation, while McConnell and Obama spoke on the Thursday following the election, it took McConnell some nine days to ultimately respond to Reid’s overtures.
Republicans warned that Reid should be prepared for a full-court press during his own 2010 re-election bid, and that the sudden deterioration in relations, no matter how short-lived, is a direct result of what they view as an overly aggressive Democratic effort to unseat McConnell.
“The Majority Leader made a tactical error that could potentially cost him his job when he signed off on $6 million of attack ads the last few weeks in Kentucky. McConnell never takes political attacks personally, but he is someone who has never hesitated to repay his opposition for their courtesy,” a senior Republican official said, adding that identifying a high-quality opponent to challenge Reid will be a priority for the party in the coming months.
You mean a Democrat tried to defeat a Republican in an election? Unforgivable!
First off, considering the Republicans’ recent electoral fortunes–and the fact that Reid’s home state of Nevada just went for Obama by a whopping 12%–I doubt McConnell is in any position to threaten Harry Reid.
Second, I guess this means the Roadblock Republicans are back in full force. Mitch McConnell is going to stop returning Reid’s calls and start standing in the way of progress all because Harry Reid hurt his feelings. How pathetic.
Hey, Mitch? This is politics. Republicans try to defeat Democrats and Democrats try to defeat Republicans; that’s how it works. If you don’t like it, I’m sure there’s a cushy lobbying gig out there with your name on it.
But your party just lost in a landslide, so you better suck it up and start getting something good done for the American people if you ever want to start growing your caucus again.
UPDATE: And Steve Benen makes a good point:
What, did McConnell think his leadership role left him immune? Funny, I don’t remember him encouraging Republicans to scale back their efforts to take down Tom Daschle in 2004.
UPDATE II: It seems like McConnell’s hurt-feelings Roadblock Republicanism has spread to the House:
The House Republican caucus has so far balked at a chance to meet with Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the former House Democratic strategist who has been named the new White House chief of staff.