President Obama had a successful, televised Q&A session with GOP House members. Now he has invited Republicans in Congress to participate in a bipartisan, half-day TELEVISED summit on on health care this month. Note my emphasis on TELEVISED! A televised event offers the public the opportunity to see the "Party of No" in action. If the GOP shows up, their leaders will have to come to the table with something, and not with their hands folded, their faces in frowns, offering absolutely nothing, but scorn.
On Super Bowl Sunday, in an interview with Katie Couric on CBS, the Super Bowl. network,
Mr. Obama said: "I want to consult closely with our Republican colleagues ... What I want to do is to ask them to put their ideas on the table. . . . I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through, systematically, all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward."
The response from GOP leaders John A. Boehner and Mitch McConnell -- yeah, of course. If you want to start over -- and in so many words -- kiss our feet and pledge to our fraternity.
<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/07/AR201002...">News link.</a>