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Bryan Preston


October 2, 2013 - 9:22 am

The unbelievably bad optics of tossing barricades in front of aging war veterans, combined with the stinging criticism of Chris Christie, may be forcing some movement in the White House on the shutdown showdown. President Obama has called for a meeting this afternoon at the White House with leaders from Congress, in both parties.

A White House official says President Barack Obama has invited congressional leaders to the White House Wednesday for a meeting on the government shutdown.

The official says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have been invited to the meeting. The official says Obama will urge the House to pass a spending bill to allow the government to reopen.

No Rep. Eric Cantor? Hm. The Republicans who attend, whom the president will suspect of having bombs strapped to their chests if we’re to take his rhetoric seriously, will be outnumbered in hostile territory.

Word has already gone out, though, that the president still won’t negotiate. That begs the question, is this afternoon’s meeting nothing more than a photo-op? Are the Republicans going to be drawn to the White House, reminded that Obama won one of the thousands of elections that took place across the nation last year and is thus entitled to have everyone else just do what he wants, and then shown the door — to be ripped again in the media later?

Probably. But the Republicans have to attend to make a show of it all and use the opportunity to remind everyone that they have offered a range of compromises while the Democrats have turned the National Park Service into their policy enforcement shock troops.

Or, they’re still not learning that Obama’s idea of negotiations doesn’t fit theirs.

Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck released a statement welcoming the invite: “We’re pleased the president finally recognizes that his refusal to negotiate is indefensible. It’s unclear why we’d be having this meeting if it’s not meant to be a start to serious talks between the two parties.”

You assume too much, Mr. Buck. Obama may realize that he has overreached on the World War II Memorial, but that does not guarantee that he will negotiate in good faith. He has yet to do that in nearly five years in the presidency.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I suspect the polling numbers - and make no mistake, they are polling the hell out of this thing right now - have been coming in and are horrible for the democrats.

You have a perfect storm forming with both the government shutdown as well as millions of citizens having their first impression of the Obamacare exchanges happening at the same time.

"Obamacare" is hanging around Obama's neck as well as the neck of every democrat in office.

The government shutdown is going to run against the democrats because the national mood is already going to be running against the democrats due to the negative impression and outright bad taste being left in the mouths of the citizenry.

Obama ain't no Clinton, and this is not gonna play out the way the last government shutdown played out.

Even the republicans that are soiling themselves at the thought of actually standing up for something are likely feeling heat to stay the course this time.

Are the wafflers more afraid of the press - or of conservatives and other republicans?

Then you have Obama himself issuing the invite.

Now, if he waited a few more days he could have made more of a brinksmanship image thing, so the fact that only about a day after the shutdown started he's already calling for a meeting indicates to me that he's sweating already.

I don't believe things have gone the way they expected at all....

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He is just doing this so he can say that he negotiated even though he has not and never will. There will be no press or non-aligned witnesses so he can lie after the meeting (He's very good at that).
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Just trying to get a photo-op. There's never any negotiations when Prez Zero is in the room. He has to leave so the adults can work on something.
Maybe the Repubs should bring along one of the WWII vets, so he can ask "O" to his face why he ordered the barricades put up.
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It will be nothing but a photo op which will allow Obama to thump his chest and posture about how tough and decisive he is.

If the Republicans were smart, they'd send Cruz, Paul, and Ryan and no one else. But the Republican leadership is so timid, they'll go hat-in-hand and attempt a "compromise" which will give Obama everything he wants.
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...and this couldn't have happened last week...why, exactly? Harry? Barry? Nancy?


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I'd wager that nobody needs to be lectured by the Teleprompter in Chief when there's some serious horse-tradin' to be done.

I reckon that Reid,(though maybe not Crazy Pelosi), basically wanted Obama to stay over at the Kiddie Table, playing with his nice coloring books.

I doubt very seriously that the DemocRat Congressional Soviet has forgotten that Dear Golfer was perfectly okay to let the Moonbat Sweat-Lodge do the "heavy lifting" all of 2009, and then swoop in at the 11th hour for the photo-op to celebrate "his" Glorious Achievement...and then again leave the drones to be hammered by their angry electorate back home in their districts.
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