Mike Lee, Mitch McConnell, Kirsten Gillibrand and Lisa Murkowski at last year’s Seersucker Thursday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Well, no longer.

Our colleague Dana Milbank reports that Seersucker Thursday came to an end this year: because current leadership believed it “politically unwise to be seen doing something frivolous when there’s so much conflict over major issues.” Sad news for Lott, who told Milbank the Senate needs a few fun icebreakers: “You can’t get serious things done because you don’t have events where you can enjoy each other’s company.”

Read earlier: Seersucker Thursday in the Senate: Trent Lott explains the tradition, 6/23/11

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