This Is How A Party Dies: "We're gonna win this, I think."

Steven Benen has the analysis of what happens when Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell let their hair down on a hot mic.

Paul: "Do you have a second?"
McConnell: "I'm all wired up here, um."
Paul: "I just did CNN and I just go over and over again, 'We're willing to compromise. 'We're willing to negotiate.' I think, I don't think [Democrats] poll tested 'we won't negotiate.' I think it's awful for them to say that over and over again."
McConnell: "Yeah, I do too and I, and I just came back from that two-hour meeting with them and that was, and that was basically the same view privately as it was publically."
Paul: "I think if we keep saying, 'We wanted to defund it. We fought for that and now we're willing to compromise on this', I think they can't, we're gonna, I think, well I know we don't want to be here, but we're gonna win this, I think."