Watch Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell spar over bourbon

Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell.
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Mere weeks ago, Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer were hardly drinking buddies. But on Monday, the Senate leaders came together in a tentative show of bipartisanship, with Schumer speaking in Kentucky at the majority leader's namesake McConnell Center, part of the University of Louisville, at McConnell's invitation.

Schumer, a New York Democrat, attempted to bolster his relationship with McConnell by presenting the long-time Kentuckian with a spectacularly ill-advised gift: bourbon. "It turns out that Brooklyn, where I was born, raised, and still proudly live, produces some of the best bourbon in the world," Schumer said, absurdly, before gifting McConnell a bottle of bourbon from the Brooklyn-based Widow Jane distillery. McConnell responded drily, "There's no such thing as Brooklyn bourbon."

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To his credit, McConnell smiled gamely in the face of such an affront by Schumer. We can only hope Schumer is prepared to react as politely when McConnell presents him with a world-class "Kentucky slice" on his next visit to New York City.

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