Unannounced, President Obama took to the lectern in the White House briefing room today to give a personal readout of his meeting earlier with congressional leaders of both parties.
"Despite the political posturing that often paralyzes this town, there are many issues upon which we can and should agree, he said.
It was more a plaintive plea than a political observation. His top legislative priorities are going nowhere and he's searching for a way to get them out of lockup.
Given the astronomical Democrat majorities in both Houses of Congress one has to wonder why Obama actually cares about Republican votes.
Obama is merely searching for a way to blame Republicans for his failures. His offers so far have been dishonest in the extreme. His position on the proposed health care take over bill is that Republicans should negotiate around the edges on the House Bill that was crafted without their input. This is not negotiation. This is condescension of the worst kind and is nothing short of a demand for capitulation. Minority Leader Boehner has been correct to express skepticism over where these negotiations can possibly lead the GOP if the starting and final positions are set and the GOP is only called in to give bipartisan cover.
Obama is on the ropes.
His own caucus is realizing that he is radioactive with the voters. His disapproval ratings are setting records for the first year of any president since such numbers have been tabulated. The voters are very skeptical of his goals and his governance. The GOP is right to steer clear of large scale negotiations with Obama who simply does not have the juice to bring Congressional Democrats along to his position.