Speeches before Washington think tanks tend not to be the most exciting of events. But that didn’t stop Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from having his fun with a longtime critic earlier this morning.
Speaking before the American Enterprise Institute, McConnell explained to Norm Ornstein how he (Ornstein) has been wrong for years on campaign-finance reform. McConnell cut off Ornstein before he could ask a question, saying: “I’ve enjoyed dueling you, Norm, over the years. You’ve been consistently wrong on almost everything.”
Senator McConnell joked about how unpopular Ornstein, a liberal, is at the conservative think tank, asking, “Who eats lunch with you over at this organization?”
McConnell has drawn criticism from Ornstein in the past on the issue of campaign finance, prompting McConnell to remark, “Actually some of the worst things that have been said about me over the years have been said by Norm Ornstein. And you’ve been entirely wrong on virtually every occasion.”
McConnell concluded the funny exchange with this classic send-off: “Make no mistake about it, Norm is a good ole fashioned, far Left guy. I like him, he’s fine, he’s been wrong for as long as I can remember. And it’s great to see you here, I’ve been wanting to spar with you for years.”