Imagine joking about a “nuclear option.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did today, managing to crack up his colleagues on the Senate floor.
The Kentucky Republican drew laughter from the right side of the chamber with his take on Democratic efforts to reform the rules of the process for confirming the president’s nominees for offices.
McConnell started out with his normal vitriol for President Barack Obama’s crowning legislative achievement, Obamacare (and the president’s promise that people could keep their insurance policies if they like them). He accused Democrats of using Senate parliamentary procedure as a tactic to change the subject.
“Look, I get it, I’d want to be talking about something else too if I had to be talking about dogs getting insurance while millions of Americans lost theirs.”
He then turned his attention to his counterpart, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, saying the Democrat “promised over and again that he wouldn’t break the rules of the Senate in order to change them.”
“He may well have just as said if you like the rules of the Senate you can keep them,” McConnell said to an eruption of laughter from Republicans. “Huh? If you like the rules of the Senate you can keep them.”