IRA terrorist Rep. Pete King already has a lot on his plate, namely the numerous "Muslim radicalization" hearings that he's always convening. Thankfully he's found enough spare time to do the nation's other important work, like harassing the White House about an upcoming Osama bin Laden death movie.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, the evil procedural genius who somehow always manages to be the most powerful person in Washington from his lowly perch as Senate minority leader, doesn't take offense when people call him and his party "hostage-takers." He rather fancies the title! But he does want to clear up the details of how and why he loves taking legislative hostages.
You may not be surprised to hear that in one of the least productive Congresses in history, things move at a fast enough pace to confuse many members of Congress into voting the wrong way, more frequently than ever. Welcome to the latest phase of American Exceptionalism, in which no one really knows what's happening at any time.