The real problem is that the Republicans DO NOT COMMUNICATE.
If McConnell is serious, then he needs to find a way to communicate this. He could force the media to cover this by simply repeatedly calling for a vote and speaking up to the press. The media will do their best to ignore him ... but that should be obvious to anyone over the past decades.
Of course, if history is any guide, McConnell and the Republicans will quietly sit back while Obama and Reid play the rubes that they are.