McConnell Proves Partisanship Is Alive and Well in Congress

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon December 11, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. McConnell discussed various topics with the media including the fiscal cliff issue saying "time is running out." Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sources tell Politico that while Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, is willing to discuss a possible "grand bargain" on budget and tax issues with President Obama, he won't do it if Majority Leader Harry Reid is in the room. Reid was actually the recipient of that "go fuck yourself" at the White House in January, so it's unclear what McConnell is afraid of.