Mitch McConnell is a Republican U.S. senator from Kentucky. Joe Manchin is a Democratic senator who represents West Virginia. That the two men don't always see eye to eye is not news. That they're barely on speaking terms because of their respective alma maters is.
McConnell went to the University of Louisville, Manchin to West Virginia University. A few months back, the two schools were involved in a tug-of-war over which one would be bolting the Big East for the Big 12. West Virginia ultimately won the Big 12's affection, but not without overcoming what Manchin publicly called "inappropriate or unethical" lobbying by McConnell on Louisville's behalf: