Just days before the Aug. 2 debt-ceiling deadline, the Republican Senate minority leader has held back from fully engaging in the negotiations. But congressional insiders have long viewed McConnell as the real linchpin to a bipartisan agreement.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill about the deficit-reduction negotiations. For more than 4 1/2 years, McConnell has been one constant in the most important bipartisan deals on Capitol Hill. Melina Mara/The Washington Post Buy Photo