Punked, pawned... call it what you like. I'd say McConnell took a dump and then fell back into it.
"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wanted to prove on Thursday that Democrats don’t have the votes to weaken Congress’ authority on the debt limit. Instead they called his bluff, and he ended up filibustering his own bill.
The legislation, modeled on a proposal McConnell offered last year as a “last-choice option” to avert a U.S. debt default, would permit the president to unilaterally lift the debt ceiling unless Congress mustered a two-thirds majority to stop him. President Obama has championed the idea."
But of course Mitch now says it was never his intent to allow a straight up or down vote. Sure Mitch. Sure.