Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Summit Delayed

The White House and the GOP are putting off their “Slurpee Summit” for later.

A statement from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reads, “At the request of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner due to scheduling conflicts in organizing their caucuses, the President’s meeting with bipartisan leaders will now take place at the White House on Tuesday, November 30th.”

Some, including Jed Lewison at Daily Kos, are thinking this portends bad news; the Democrats are all set to cave on tax cuts and the GOP is moving the goal posts to get the most they can out of a pliant White House. That’s one way of looking at it. There’s also the possibility that the GOP hasn’t really gotten their act together other than the talking points and their other ten-word answers. Perhaps they’re remembering the last time President Obama met with them last winter at their retreat in Baltimore and basically ran the table with them.

Well, one can only hope.