Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatient advocates launch drug pricing ad campaign Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs War of words at the White House MORE (R-Ky.) has an explanation for the glut of good economic news that has broken in the last few weeks: People are excited about a Republican Congress.

“After so many years of sluggish growth, we’re finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope; the uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama Administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress,” he said in a statement, adding that it was “precisely the right time to advance a positive, pro-growth agenda.”


Recent weeks have indeed brought good economic news. Unemployment has remained at 5.8 percent, while the economy has added jobs. Gross domestic product also increased by 5 percent in the third quarter of 2014, beating expectations

Democrats were quick to dismiss the new majority leader's comments as equating coincidence and causation.

“Hahahahahahahahahahaha,” Democratic National Committee Communications Director Mo Elleithee retorted in a statement. “That Mitch McConnell is one funny guy.

“He likes to remind people all the time that he’s not a scientist.  Now we know he’s not a mathematician or an economist either,” he said.

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer responded with a quote attributed to basketball player Stacey King, who played with Michael Jordan on the Chicago Bulls: “I'll always remember this as the night that Michael Jordan and I combined for 70 points.”

King was reportedly referring to the game when Jordan scored a career high 69 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers and King scored one point.

The White House is hoping that it can use the good economic news to cement a positive legacy for President Obama.