Have not been in much of a blogging mood today, perhaps because have been focusing on other writing projects, so will use this space to remind y’all about our Meatless Mondays Steak Dinner next Monday, December 10 here in LA.
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FROM THE COMMENTS: Katie quips, “Indeed, he is the initiater and director of the game.”
Just caught this from Jennifer Rubin:
Don Stewart, communications director for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), emphasizes that the president, in all likelihood, lacks the support among Democrats to pass his wish-list. He tells me, “To date, not a single Senate Democrat has come forward to endorse the President’s job-killing tax hike and bizarre request for a permanent authority to raise the debt ceiling whenever he wants for as much as he wants.”
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Scanning the president’s schedule on the White House website, I was only able to find one reference to a meeting between President Obama and Speaker Boehner. We read that on November 17, “The President hosts the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress at the White House to discuss a balanced approach to reduce the deficit and strengthen our economy; the Vice President also attends”
The Democrat doesn’t seem to have met privately with the Ohio Republican or other Republican leaders since his reelection now nearly a month ago.
Obama did, however, find time to meet “with Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton and other ‘influential progressives’; on Tuesday as part of his campaign to sell the public on the need to extend the Bush middle-class tax cuts.” Given that this meeting “wasn’t listed on Obama’s schedule”, perhaps he did meet separately with the Republican. Yet, when I googled to find evidence of another such meeting, I could find no evidence of a private meeting. Instead, I learn that each would be meeting separately with a bipartisan delegation of the nation’s governors.
That is, the president has held no private meeting with the top Republicans in Congress.
What does it say about the president that he spends more time in recent days with a highly ideological group of left-wing media personalities than the elected leadership of the opposing political party? These media personalities cannot help resolve the fiscal crisis; the Republicans can.
It seems that instead of using the fiscal cliff negotiations to bring the nation together after a (long and) divisive national election, the Democrat is using them to further divide us.