Obama to Ryan: Let’s do lunch

posted at 10:01 am on March 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Maybe we should call this the Restaurant Stimulus. Stung after the collapse of his Nightmare on Sequester Street strategy and apparently looking to bypass John Boehner on direct negotiations, Barack Obama has asked House Budget Chair Paul Ryan out on a lunch date, coming on the heels of a dinner with other Republicans in the Senate:

President Barack Obama –seeking to sell Republicans on a revival of “grand bargain” talks — has invited 2012 GOP veep candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, over to the White House for lunch on Thursday, POLITICO has learned.

Obama, who has always regarded Ryan as one of the leading intellectual forces of the opposition, has also invited the committee’s ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). The idea for the chat-and-chew came during an extended phone conversation between Obama and Ryan earlier this week.

Obama needs a deal more than ever to save some face on the sequester cuts, now that the media has finally started savaging the scare stories and “firemen first” strategies.  A deal, though, would require Boehner to come back to the White House to bypass normal order, and bypassing Boehner seems to be the strategy in asking Ryan to break bread later today:

By speaking directly with Ryan, Obama is hoping to enlist a powerful ally in convincing leadership to abandon its insistence on subjecting all future measures on the debt, deficit, taxes and entitlement reform to “regular order,” the tortuous committee process dominated by party conservatives, according to a person close to the process.

“Torturous”? [see update below] Does Glenn Thrush mean that process that, prior to 2010, managed to produce actual budgets every year despite policy disagreements between Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate, and Capitol Hill and the White House?  The process that didn’t produce fiscal cliffs, sequesters, and credit-limit fights?  For a President seeking to impose his will on the legislative branch, that may seem “torturous,” but for the rest of the nation, the endless series of crises created by Democratic budget obstructionism has provided much more pain than the process that actually produced budgets for, oh, over two hundred years.

It never hurts to talk, of course.  Ryan will get the opportunity to remind Obama that his own budgetary homework is now a month overdue, although that may create a little heartburn over the crab bisque.  And hey, Obama seems to be in a rare mood to actually pay bills these days:

As part of his effort to improve relations between the White House and Capitol Hill, President Obama dined with a small group of Republican senators this evening and, according to the White House, he paid for the dinner out of his own pocket.

Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; John Hoeven, R-N.D.; John McCain, R-Ariz.; Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Mike Johanns, R-Neb.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Dan Coats, R-Ind., Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; and Pat Toomey, R-Pa.; are among the senators who joined the president for dinner tonight. The group dined at the Jefferson Hotel a few blocks from the White House.

“The president greatly enjoyed the dinner and had a good exchange of ideas with the senators,” a senior administration official said. …

Johanns said he felt the president was trying to “start a discussion and kind of break the ice” on how to move forward in dealing with the repeated budget battles that keep cropping up.

Moving even further away from normal order isn’t the way to do it, but at least talking across the aisle isn’t a bad first step.

On the other hand, Lindsey Graham has a point here:

I’ll have more later today on Ryan’s budgetary reform efforts.

Update: See, this is why I shouldn’t blog at 3:30 in the morning on a travel day.  Glenn wrote “tortuous,” meaning greatly complicated, not “torturous,” which means incredibly painful.  My apologies for the error — but the point still stands.  If we compare a process that successfully produced federal budgets for centuries (and under the current rules for decades) with the three years of fiscal “cliffs” and assorted dramatic nonsense, I’d argue that the latter is more tortuous and torturous, and that the former is a lot more productive and successful.


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…with Paul picking up the check. Of course.

locomotivebreath1901 on March 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

“I had many of them out for lunch and dinner dates, picked up the tab, and they still wouldn’t put out”….future conversation of Obama and Robin Roberts..

hillsoftx on March 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

If you go and give Obama some PR and a photo OP Ryan; I will lose respect for you. Tell him to propose his budget first.

melle1228 on March 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Ryan should say “Sure, just as soon as you apologize for demeaning me back in April 2011, you rat-faced buffoon. And you will do so publicly.”

Bishop on March 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I gotta let Admiral Ackbar take this one:

“It’s a trap!”

thebrokenrattle on March 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

O always scratches his nose with his middle finger though when you’re speaking, Paul. In case you never noticed.

Marcus on March 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Hasten, Jason, get the basin.

Scriptor on March 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

If I were Paul Ryan, I’m not sure I’d accept. How do you sit down and break bread with a filthy rat-eared bastard who savaged your ideas throughout the election process?

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

no matter how much this president has willfully destroyed this country, graham will still break bread with him.

save the clip. it’ll come in handy when lindsey is primaried.

renalin on March 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

It never hurts to talk, of course.

I’m pretty sure Obama’s dictionary has the same entry under ‘converse’ as the one for ‘lecture’.

ElectricPhase on March 7, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Everything he does is a publicity stunt… His whole miserable presidency is nothing but a permanent publicity stunt… An utter incompetent welfare queens agitator like Obama can only do publicity stunts and nothing else…

mnjg on March 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Obama’s divide and conquer agenda is on overdrive.

Taking Reps to dine and leaving the conservatives to filibuster….

What fools these Reps are who are letting themselves get sucked in!

katy on March 7, 2013 at 10:09 AM

If you go, Ryan, you are no better than Grahamnesty and the rest of the Vichy Republicans.

kingsjester on March 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Enough with the talk with the president. The budget passes Congress first and this includes the Senate. The Democrats in the Senate are getting a free ride on all this because that part of the American public currently in a self-induced political coma think Obama is Mr Awesome no matter what he does. I would not give Obama any photo-ops. If I were Paul Ryan I would call Obama, thank him for the invitation, but say I can make it after the Senate passes a budget.

DaveDief on March 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Obama knows who our weak links are. Ryan is one of the weakest and easiest to manipulate who, for some unknown reason, has not already had every last bit of his conservative credentials destroyed by his incessant back stabbing.

In the mold of Graham and McCain…

Anyone ever wonder why Graham and McCain are so prominently reported upon when they attack Obama and say conservative things? It is to rebuild some credibility for them so they have enough power for their back stabbing to be effective.

astonerii on March 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Watch your back, young Mr. Ryan. Not only from Obama but from the Senate Diner’s Club that met last night.

Fallon on March 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM

“regular order,” the tortuous committee process

“Torturous”?

The quote from Glenn Thrush has nothing whatever to do with “providing pain.”

Tortuous – the word Thrush used – means complicated and convoluted.

Torturous – the word Ed Morrissey used – is a completely different one, having to do with pain, suffering and, well, torture.

The normal order of House business is tortuous, but not torturous.

It’s wrong to issue political insights and trash other commentators on the basis of one’s own linguistic shortcomings.

bgoldman on March 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

If I were Paul Ryan I would call Obama, thank him for the invitation, but say I can make it after the Senate passes a budget.

DaveDief on March 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Or play the alternative game. Ryan should tell the rat-eared wonder that he’s busy working on the House version of the Budget which is being held up since the President’s budget must have been lost in the mail. Ask for another copy of the PresBud and suggest that if he wants to drop if off personally, Ryan would be happy to treat him to lunch in the House cafeteria.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Obama is trying to empower the rinos during a time that the conservatives are on the upswing.

portlandon on March 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

If you go, Ryan, you are no better than Grahamnesty and the rest of the Vichy Republicans.

kingsjester on March 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

It’s been clear for some time that Ryan is basically useless. He talks the talk but almost always votes with the Democrats in the end.

It is to rebuild some credibility for them so they have enough power for their back stabbing to be effective.

astonerii on March 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM

It’s not really to rebuild credibility, it’s so their establishment supporters have some cover to sneer and mock their critics as right wing extremists, purists, TrooConz, or whatever the insult of the day is.

Doomberg on March 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

It’s a trap.

Kataklysmic on March 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

It’s not really to rebuild credibility, it’s so their establishment supporters have some cover to sneer and mock their critics as right wing extremists, purists, TrooConz, or whatever the insult of the day is.

Doomberg on March 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

How could they do that without credibility?

astonerii on March 7, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Ryan: I respectfully decline, Mr. President. It’s not a member of the house you need to talk with – we’ve passed a budget. No, Mr. President, you need to talk with Senator Reid – and ask him why his chamber hasn’t. Oh, and by the way… where’s your plan?

Hill60 on March 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Obama is trying to empower the rinos during a time that the conservatives are on the upswing.

portlandon on March 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

This is nothing but trying to divide the GOP (enemies who should be punished according to the rat-eared wonder). And the GOP is stupid for going along because there is no way that the filthy bastard has any intention of coming up with a bipartisan compromise. We are still in the “I won” era of bad feelings.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

His poll numbers must be tanking…time to do something bi-partisanly and look like he’s reaching out..to those meanie republicans.

HumpBot Salvation on March 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Budgets and laws are for squares.

We have dealz and drone strikes now.

forest on March 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

It never hurts to talk, of course.

Yes, in this case it does. Obama is a vile, despicable man who never has any aim in mind other than defeating the opposition. He is not interested in conversation or compromise. All he is looking for is a photo op and the possibility of convincing a key Republican to advocate for once again breaking with normal order and negotiating a backroom deal.

No one, not one single person, from our side of the aisle should say yes to something like this with Obama. There is absolutely nothing to be gained from it, and a great deal to lose. Insist upon normal order. Insist all discussions and negotiations occur out in the open. Keep his back to the wall on this. Do not give one inch.

Shump on March 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

McCain and Graham are a disgrace. I don’t see how a conservative can vote for either of them. There has to be a decent conservative candidate in South Carolina who can primary Graham.

Ryan has been working behind the scenes with Boehner and Cantor to castrate conservatives in the House.

Wigglesworth on March 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Don’t fall for the charm offencive. It’s BS. He still wants to kill you.

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I gotta let Admiral Ackbar take this one:

“It’s a trap!”

[thebrokenrattle on March 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM]

I like this one:

“Did you see us fight?”

“Well, no ….”

“Trap.”

Dusty on March 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

If you go, Ryan, you are no better than Grahamnesty and the rest of the Vichy Republicans.

kingsjester on March 7, 2013 at 10:17 AM

And he isn’t.

Archivarix on March 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I recall reading that during Sen. Paul Ryan’s political career
he has pretty much been a “rubber stamper”.

Amjean on March 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

The word used was “tortuous,” rather than “torturous,” and I think the intent was to convey a complex process full of twists and turns. This may seem like torture, but it really isn’t the same word.

lowbush-lightning on March 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Lindsey Graham organized the dinner of the GOP members with Obysmal.
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/stunner-lindsey-graham-organized-gop-dinner-with-obama-last-night-video/

onlineanalyst on March 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Did Ryan have a taster test the food?
What a clumsy fool Obama is, plays the tough guy, collapses like a wet rag. The media that created this piece of trash couldn’t help him this time.

arand on March 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

It’s been clear for some time that Ryan is basically useless. He talks the talk but almost always votes with the Democrats in the end.

Doomberg on March 7, 2013 at 10:24 AM

How can you say that about a man who voted for No Child Left Behind, TARP, the auto bailout, every debt ceiling increase and, earlier this week, teh Violence Against Women AcT? Next you will be saying John McCain and Miss Lucy aren’t conservatives.

bw222 on March 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Paul Rayn’s only answer to every question should be,

“I hear you, but until the Senate passes a budget, nothing gets done.”

Khun Joe on March 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Lucy, Charlie Brown and the football…

How many times are the Reps going to fall for this sh!t!!!!

katy on March 7, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Ryan should go, if he schools Obama like the girl did to the bad guy on The Italian Job, when they went on a date.

22044 on March 7, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Is the Rat-Eared Bastard trying to develop some people skills this late in life?

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Have we not seen this before when Obama’s bipartisan image takes a hit?

He has some kind of golf trip with Boehner and gets a photo laughing with him and the low information voters is supposed to conclude that Obama is the moderate, calm guy who gets along with all and has malice towards none. Then we does the next nasty thing and then blames it on Republicans the low-information voters recalls Obama going to dinner and tells themselves along with the press helping the idea along that Republicans need to go if we are EVER to get things done in Washington.

Can I get an Amen form the board we’ve seen this movie?

Conan on March 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM

Was the White House food allowance cut in the sequester? Something is rotten in the District of Corruption.

Jayrae on March 7, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Is the Rat-Eared Bastard trying to develop some people skills this late in life?

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM

No he is trying to kill the idea before it grows HE is the problem in Washington.

Conan on March 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Paul Ryan should refuse.

And he should make a press release stating that he is not available because he is taking Rand Paul out to lunch.

SPCOlympics on March 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Democrats say they can’t find 2% of excess spending in the Federal Government to cut. They really think that the people of the United States are fools.

SC.Charlie on March 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Don’t fall for the charm offencive. It’s BS. He still wants to kill you.

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I wonder if they still don’t see that on the Republican leadership side.

I don’t know if anyone saw the Dennis Miller segment On O’Reilly where Miller is trying to explain to Bill that Obama has been an a$$ for along time but O’Reilly is just now seeing it. Miller even says “I don’t know how much reality I should give you Bill?”

O’Reilly is usually fishing for the next Obama interview but he may be running out of room in even his own head to say he is just misguided to his own audience.

Conan on March 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Why isn’t Obama meeting with any Democrats? He claims to be all about compromise, but, if so, shouldn’t he be talking to some of the Dems who are just as rigid about their beliefs as they Tea Party is about theirs?

Anyway, I think this is just about appearances. They’ve been reporting that his poll numbers are down in the low 40′s, so he’s doing what he usually does when his poll numbers drop. Pretending to look like the adult in the room.

sydneyjane on March 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

His numbers are going down, the sequester horror show on the road has backfired and Rand Paul’s support yesterday must surely have his knickers in a twist.

The low info voter doesn’t know or care about anything but the optics of everyone sitting around singing kumbayah and cooperating.

This is all PR for the Prince of Darkness and he will use it somehow to burn those who have been suckered in.

tru2tx on March 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Ryan should say “Sure, just as soon as you apologize for demeaning me back in April 2011, you rat-faced buffoon. And you will do so publicly.”

Bishop on March 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Heh, I’d call that a good start.

petefrt on March 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

This is all PR for the Prince of Darkness and he will use it somehow to burn those who have been suckered in.

tru2tx on March 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Bingo.

petefrt on March 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

…just say N O !

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Ed,
Normal order? Didn’t the House just approve another continuing resolution?

gwelf on March 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Why isn’t Obama meeting with any Democrats?

sydneyjane on March 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

It won’t happen but wouldn’t it be funny for the MSM to start to wonder if Obama and the Senate democrats can’t get along if they can’t produce a budget in 4 years that they can bring to the floor of the Senate?

It would be (in an alternate sane universe or a Republican was Prez with a Rep Senate) for a reporter to wonder in a report.

“Many are puzzled as to why the President and his own party are not able to agree on a budget and that may be an indication of civil war in the democrat party?”

Of course we never spread rumors of civil war in the Democrat camp, when they can’t produce anything.

Conan on March 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

“…but at least talking across the aisle isn’t a bad first step.”

Actually, Ed it was a first step in 2008 when the president said “I won” and it hasn’t been viable since then.

In 2011, when the Republican had the House it might had been another chance to take another “first” step then but they were ignored and vilified.

How many times are you willing to be rebuffed and lied to by someone before you get the message that that someone has absolutely no interest in you, your goals or doing anything to help you achieve anything?

When does “talking across the aisle” In the face of such vitriol become a sign of weakness?

The other side of the aisle has no intention of talking, Ed.
Get over the whole Congressional bonhomie thing, it never existed except in books and the minds of (mostly) Republican suckers.

E9RET on March 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Normal order? Didn’t the House just approve another continuing resolution?

gwelf on March 7, 2013 at 10:50 AM

You can do CRs in normal order. Normal order refers to the passage of legislation by having bills go through the committee and amendment process with open debate by all members, and the referral to a conference committee if there are differences between House and Senate versions. The process for the last 4 years has been to have Boehner, Reid, and Obama negotiate and then to present take-it-or-leave-it options to members at the last minute.

The passage of the CR is, in fact, a good step toward normal order and eventually normal budgeting.

Ed Morrissey on March 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Hee.. I like the fact that Ryan is dragging along a Democrat colleague, Chris Van Hollen, as a human shield. That should be quite an uncomfortable lunch since both men personally detest each other. But yes Ryan has to do it because he knows quite well that the White House would leak out if Ryan refused the offer and the press would paint Ryan as an extreme idealogue and sore loser who cannot even stand to have lunch with the President. This however doesn’t mean that Ryan is going to start secretly negotiating with Obama. It was his idea to scuttle the Grand Bargain strategy and make everything go through normal order.

As a final note, why doesn’t everyone tweet Ryan and request that he bring up Rand Paul’s concerns at his lunch today?

Illinidiva on March 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Something is rotten in the District of Corruption.

Nothing unusual. Its just the stench of Barry’s admin, much of CONgress, and all the federal bureaucrats run amok.

hawkeye54 on March 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Ryan should take him up on the offer as long they have it in the House cafeteria.

tommyboy on March 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Tell Barry to talk to his pal, Harry Reid. Until then, SHOVE IT!

GarandFan on March 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Don’t fall for the charm offensive. It’s BS. He still wants to kill you.

Resist We Much on March 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I wonder if they still don’t see that on the Republican leadership side.

Conan on March 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

I think the air quality in the Congressional buildings should be checked. The Washington Bubble that Congress Critters get enveloped by seems to make them stupid. The longer the stay the fewer brain cells survive.

Fallon on March 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

You can do CRs in normal order. Normal order refers to the passage of legislation by having bills go through the committee and amendment process with open debate by all members, and the referral to a conference committee if there are differences between House and Senate versions. The process for the last 4 years has been to have Boehner, Reid, and Obama negotiate and then to present take-it-or-leave-it options to members at the last minute.

The passage of the CR is, in fact, a good step toward normal order and eventually normal budgeting.

Ed Morrissey on March 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Thanks for the response. Good to know.

gwelf on March 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Democrats say they can’t find 2% of excess spending in the Federal Government to cut. They really think that the people of the United States are fools.

Sadly, many of the people of the United States prove them right, and they should know, dems generally created the environment for expanding and perpetuating stupidity in our nation. Their party thrives on it.

hawkeye54 on March 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Ryan should take him up on the offer as long they have it in the House cafeteria.

tommyboy on March 7, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Obama wants a phot-op and also a sound bite. He noticed at his last press conference that he couldn’t point to “talks” to show he is “working” with Republicans.

He knows he needs some kind of of the record meeting where he can say and promise anything to silence critics like Ryan who he knows will be asked “How did the meeting go.” and Ryan will much like Boehner say how nice the chat went and what progress they made and of course when the next impasse is met it will look like the House Republicans just can’t take yes for an answer.

Conan on March 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

I didn’t think Obama had his own money.

RDE2010 on March 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

why doesn’t everyone tweet Ryan and request that he bring up Rand Paul’s concerns at his lunch today?

Illinidiva on March 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Paul Ryan is Chair of the Budget Committee and on the Ways and Means Committee. I’d rather he make the filthy rat-eared wonder squirm over the lack of a Presidential budget submission to Congress and the lack of any budget out of the Senate for years.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Sorry, but I just don’t trust this President. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if he’s out on the campaign trail again tomorrow telling us how he tried to reach out, but those intransigent, stiff-necked Republicans just won’t budge; with more rhetoric about balanced approach, the rich paying their fair share, etc., etc. If he proves me wrong, however, then this is a glaring admission that his endless campaigning on the sequester was a colossal failure. And one reason for that failure is that the low-information American Idol voter that he depended on so heavily to get him re-elected has tuned out for the next four years, if not more. Unfortunately for him, the electorate that comes out for the midterms, for the most part, is knowledgeable enough to recognize the difference between a sound argument and sheer demagoguery; the difference between a President who reaches out in good faith, and a President who reaches out for a photo op.

ncconservative on March 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Moving even further away from normal order isn’t the way to do it, but at least talking across the aisle isn’t a bad first step.

Not necessarily. Obama wants “grand bargains” because that plays to his strength, since the media will report it as a horse race between the two of them and call Obama the winner.

Boehner finally got wise to the game, and refuses to do any more such bargains. If Ryan gets swayed by the attention and the ego boost of being courted as the leader, and agrees to a grand bargain, then the result is worse than refusing to meet with Obama at all.

Of course, if Ryan refuses, Obama will then point to the whole lunch as proof of how hard he’s trying. Let’s hope that prospect doesn’t intimidate Ryan into making a bad move.

tom on March 7, 2013 at 11:12 AM

“Thanks for coming to lunch with me, Mr. Paul. Now, here’s what I want you to do…”

CrustyB on March 7, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Why doesn’t he take Harry Reid out for lunch?

Obama keeps trying (in his ham-fisted way) to woo the House, via Boehner and now Paul. But the House isn’t the problem; it’s the Senate that lets the fiscal bills pile up on Reid’s desk. Why isn’t Obama working on him?

[I'm not even going to bother wondering why the press doesn't point that out.]

ss396 on March 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I think Obama is trying to get away with not passing a budget, or if he does pass a budget he wants to protect all those increases in spending the Democrats put in in 2009. Something tells me he isn’t suddenly becoming presidential.

The Democrats have pulled off this scam about the increased budget spending since the Republicans took the House and Boehner and company have allowed them to get away with it by signing CR’s. They should have insisted on a budget process 2 years ago and we wouldn’t be going through all of this.

bflat879 on March 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM

This is like watching a daytime soap opera. The same characters falling for the same lies and pulling the same tricks week after week. How do any of these people on both sides of the isle look at themselves in the mirror as this country slowly rots away? It makes me sick to think of what could be and see the way things are. God, please help and forgive us!!

Deano1952 on March 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Obama is on the run. He is now coming to us. Sticking to regular order has produced results far better than confrontation. Obama can not pretend to be a leader if the political process passes him by. He now admits his impotence. This is his attempt to regain control of events.
Republicans should continue to insist on regular order and avoid the chaos that allows Obama to take center stage.
Rysan should meet him, make no deal and continue to insist on a Democrat budget.

breffnian on March 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Glenn wrote “tortuous,” meaning greatly complicated, not “torturous,” which means incredibly painful. My apologies for the error…

That’s an easy mistake to make, Ed. About.com call the pair “commonly confused words“. A Bing search of “tortuous” brings up (beyond the dictionary sites) mostly the medical usage. I’d say Thrush’s usage was certainly open to misinterpretation.

KS Rex on March 7, 2013 at 11:20 AM

the gop has officially split…….

The ruling classers like Ryan, Boehner, Cantor, McCain. Coburn on one side……

Individual Freedom supporters like Cruz, Paul, Bridenstine, on the other side.

Frrrrrrrrrrrreeeeedom!!!!

PappyD61 on March 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

After the way Obummer treated Ryan at George Washington University last year, Ryan should have told him to take a flying leap into his arugula.

KS Rex on March 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

***

Frrrrrrrrrrrreeeeedom!!!!

PappyD61 on March 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I need to break out my Braveheart soundtrack.

Ryan should have told reporters that he’s not showing up to anything to which Obama invites him without an assurance that he won’t be attacked.

Ryan should humbly say that he’s just one guy and that he’d be happy to meet Obama with a bunch of freshman Tea Partiers who could use some exposure to Obama.

BuckeyeSam on March 7, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Must be desperate times indeed if The One is offering up free face-time. Then again, maybe Ryan ought bring his checkbook just in case.

Murf76 on March 7, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Ryan should humbly say that he’s just one guy and that he’d be happy to meet Obama with a bunch of freshman Tea Partiers who could use some exposure to Obama.

The only way I’d agree to meet with Barry were I Paul. Never alone.

hawkeye54 on March 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Ryan to Obama: “Sure, how about pork chops, with bacon-wrapped shrimp as an appetizer.”

Ward Cleaver on March 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Are there any DC restaurants with dog on the menu?

Ward Cleaver on March 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Stay with normal order. No more back room meetings! Let them come to the floor where elected representatives can debate. Go back to special orders and speeches on the record. This is where Americans learn, not by back room meetings with controlled leaked information to the media.

lea on March 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Go back to special orders and speeches on the record. This is where Americans learn, not by back room meetings with controlled leaked information to the media.

Ideally, yes, but DC thrives on back room deals to which the general public is not privy, and all our DC political elites expect Americans to learn is to learn to obey without murmur nor complaint, and beware of the drones.

hawkeye54 on March 7, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I wonder if they still don’t see that on the Republican leadership side.

I don’t know if anyone saw the Dennis Miller segment On O’Reilly where Miller is trying to explain to Bill that Obama has been an a$$ for along time but O’Reilly is just now seeing it. Miller even says “I don’t know how much reality I should give you Bill?”

O’Reilly is usually fishing for the next Obama interview but he may be running out of room in even his own head to say he is just misguided to his own audience.

Conan on March 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

BOR is like some of the folks at this website, he has an inexhaustible ‘benefit of the doubt’ cards to deal out as required. It’s hard to say if that’s due to stupidity or more concern for career than honesty.

Unfortunately speaking the truth about the REB can be a career-limiting move.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Did the REB take home a doggie bag?

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Old and Busted: Beer Summit
New Hotness: Cheese Summit

Christien on March 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

He should say no until he gets an apology from J. Biden for being such an *ss at the last debate. After Ashtray apologizes, he should say no anyway.

LetsBfrank on March 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Please South Carolina, you see what Arizona did with McCain. Please turn Lady Graham out this time.

DanMan on March 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Indicative of how serious Obama-lama-ding-dong is that he invited John McCain and Lindsay Graham, both major apologists for “me too Republicanism” in the Senate. What a joke.

georgeofthedesert on March 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM