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Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is helping President Joe Biden pantomime bipartisanship in the days leading up to his expected Jan. 6th national address. Ostensibly the appearance is part of a tour of bridge sites impacted by the $1.2 trillion non-infrastructure, infrastructure bill.

Nineteen Republican senators, including McConnell and 13 House Republicans voted for the bill according to CNN.

Biden’s first public appearance of 2023 came side by side with McConnell who praised the Democrat President. “The country needs to see examples like this of coming together and getting an outcome,” McConnell told the gathered press according to Politico.

McConnell referred to the infrastructure law as a “legislative miracle,” according to the outlet. He added, that the effort to find common ground was praiseworthy “no matter who gets elected.’

Biden gushed, “Mitch, it’s great to be with you,” even adding that he, “asked permission” to offer McConnell a compliment. “I said I’d campaign for him or against them — whichever would help him the most.” Biden continued, “When he gives you his word you can take it to the bank, you can count on it.”

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Biden and McConnell have been known for cutting backroom deals that, while popular in the 1980s and 90s, are anathema to the politics of 2023. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told Politico “They’ve known each other for decades. And Joe Biden is a hard guy not to like, even though you may disagree with him on policy.” These kinds of deals have found older politicians running afoul of America First Republicans who find the practice too often advances progressive policies at the expense of conservative ones.

Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley bashed the move as a “publicity stunt,” adding that the infrastructure law was “nothing” worth celebrating according to Fox News.

“There’s nothing to celebrate about a woke, bloated infrastructure law full of waste, labor union handouts, and green giveaways,” Haley said. “Republicans shouldn’t play center stage in Biden’s publicity stunt.”

According to the White House Biden traveled to Covington to “deliver remarks on how his economic plan is rebuilding our infrastructure, creating good-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year degree, and revitalizing communities left behind.”