It's no Mitch McConnell moment, but House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions just gave Democrats some cause for celebration. In an interview published Tuesday, the Texas Republican, who plays an important role in how legislatively productive Congress can be, drove home what Democrats have long said about the GOP: The party has no interest in governing.
"Everything we do in this body should be about messaging to win back the Senate," Sessions said in an unfortunate interview with Roll Call.
"That's it. If you don't want Benghazis to happen or you want an investigation for Benghazi, if you want an investigation on the IRS as opposed to the excuses that [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid is all about, if you do not like what's happening at the [National Security Agency], then you gain the Senate," he added.
Prepare to see those remarks quoted and requoted in scores of press releases and Democratic attack ads between now and the end of the year. Perhaps they'll start with a stark portrait of Sessions's face, which creepily fades creepily to black, followed by bright-red block letters, "The GOP has no interest in governing ... just ask House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions. "
The remark is reminiscent of Senate Minority Leader McConnell's famous line about how the GOP's "top political priority" should be denying President Obama a second term. McConnell's comment was fodder for scores of political attack ads and Democratic press releases at the time. And with good reason.