Aug 02, 2011 11:50 AM GMT
A funny anecdote from the debt negotiations -
When Mr. Reid returned to the Senate after 5 p.m., he went to the floor and angrily contradicted Mr. McConnell’s and Mr. Boehner’s earlier claims that a deal was near. Back in his office, Mr. Reid and top aides began canvassing other Democratic senators, but with no receptionists working on the weekend, they fumbled to operate the complicated Capitol phone system.
Mr. McConnell, meanwhile, spoke three more times that day with Mr. Biden. That night he strategized with his staff between a series of phone calls, including one with Mr. Boehner. The group ordered Chinese food, and laughed when one fortune cookie advised: “You may be spending too much money.”