After President Obama used a question at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to lash out at Mitch McConnell for “political gamesmanship” in perpetually stalling the confirmation of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, ol’ Mitch’s staff came back with a funny (per WaPo’s Eilperin and Mufson):

Don Stewart, deputy chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), replied that the GOP leader “has already announced that the Lynch nomination will get a vote.” He said that members of Congress were trying “to find a way to overcome the Democrats’ filibuster of a bipartisan bill that will help prevent women and children from being sold into sex slavery. Once that bill’s complete, the Lynch nomination is next.”

Gee, I thought the Majority Leader of the Senate set the schedule. Can’t he just set aside the snarled “trafficking” bill–snarled because Republicans added in non-germane abortion language, BTW–and take up the Lynch confirmation any old time he wants? I mean, if he’s pointing at whoever set up the order of bills and shrugging, he’s gotta be pointing at himself, right?

You half-expect his spox to have said: “Loretta Lynch–the woman there tied to the chair–is the next customer in line.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.