Sen. Mitch McConnell Delivers Jokes At Alfalfa Dinner

| by Edward Arnold
Sen. Mitch McConnell.Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Sen. Mitch McConnell had his joke hat on Jan. 31 at the Alfalfa Club dinner. The dinner, in case you are unfamiliar, is an annual Washington, D.C. event at which political and business titans meet up for a night of schmoozing.

Members who attended include Warren Buffet, Michael Bloomberg, Rupert Murdock and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

The Alfalfa Club, which exists only to hold a banquet on the last Saturday of January, held the dinner made for jokes and speeches among the nation's elite.

“My point is, I can lead. Americans simply aren’t impressed by all the old faces — Clinton, Romney, Bush. People are looking for a fresh, exciting face — you know, like me. …” McConnell joked.

“I can work with the president," McConnell added. "We’re honest with each other. I told him once that I thought he was aloof and condescending. He said, ‘I’m not condescending. I’m just too busy thinking about far more important things than you would understand.’” 

The president, who is usually expected to attend the event, was not present. Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, was the club's newest inductee.

“Governor Romney was going to run for a third time,” McConnell continued. “But he’s already in the Guinness Book of World Records. Between running for president and being a Mormon missionary, Mitt has actually knocked on every door in America.”

But possibly the funniest of all was California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who joked about Jeb Bush following in the family business.

“Jeb Bush looks like he’s running for president,” she said. “So now we know what the Bush family means by ‘no child left behind.’”

Sources: Politico, The Washington Post / Photo Credit:  AP