Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell explained on "Face the Nation" Sunday that he was pleased he could work with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to end the government shutdown.

"One of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is, there's no education in the second kick of the mule," the Bluegrass State Republican said, panning the Tea Party strategy which led to the government shutdown. "The first kick of the mule occurred back in 1995 when the Republican House shut down the government."

McConnell said he had been against the Tea Party plan to defund Obamacare since he first heard of it.

"A number of us were saying back in July that this strategy could not and would not work, and of course it didn't," he said. "So there will not be another government shutdown. You can count on that."

Shutting down the government, McConnell explained, was not a conservative strategy.

"I don't think a two-week paid vacation for federal employees is conservative policy," he said.

McConnell made no apologies for drafting compromise legislation with Reid.

"I was pleased to play a role in keeping us from going to the brink," he said. "I think it was important to do the right thing for the country and we did it."