Oh the irony. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose party castigated Democrats over the so-called Cornhusker Kickback in the Obamacare negotiations, is now being accused of his own sweetheart deal—the Kentucky Kickback. The Senate Conservatives Fund is arguing that an earmark in the final deal to end the shutdown and lift the debt ceiling for a water project on the Ohio River between Kentucky and Illinois was exchanged for McConnell’s acquiescence to Democrats. McConnell’s office claims they had no part in the earmark.
SHOCKER Chip Somodevilla