“I mean, what else are we supposed to think when the Democrats’ top political strategist here in the Senate goes out on national television and predicts failure two weeks ahead of the deadline and then comes right out and says yesterday that he thinks the outcome he predicted is good politically for the president?” the minority leader asked.

McConnell was referring to Senate Democrats’ top communicator Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAmerica isn't ready to let Sessions off his leash Schumer celebrates New York Giants firing head coach: ‘About time’ GOP should reject the left's pessimism and the deficit trigger MORE (D-N.Y.), who predicted the supercommittee would fail to slash deficit spending back in early November. 

McConnell said that, in contrast, Republicans had always worked with Democrats in good faith to forge a deal.

“I know for a fact that Republicans wanted this committee to deliver, and the good news is we’ll still see $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction,” McConnell concluded.