Who is it that will not talk? We have been hearing for weeks that the President will not negotiate, he will not sit down and talk to the Congressional TEApublicans and that the shutdown and it’s continuation is all on him. Which, even if true would be perfectly understandable, since every time he reaches out to them they bite his hand and they have done it once again.
The President has invited members of both parties to the White House for meetings this week, beginning with a meeting yesterday with the full Democratic House caucus and one scheduled for today with the GOP caucus.
He invited all 232 of them to come, but Boehner is willing to only send 18. Who’s refusing to talk? It doesn’t appear that it is the President.
A spokesman for Boehner said that the meetings were worthwhile only if they were going to focus on finding a solution. Any rational person would say that to find that solution, those involved in the dispute must sit down and talk.
Why would there have to be any meeting if the President was going to call them together only to capitulate? If that were the case, he could simply call the Speaker and say, “Send the CR over and I’ll sign it.”
So Boehner’s “concession” is sending a little less than 8% of the people who were invited to sit down and demanding in return that the President accept the Ryan plan, the one that the American people rejected less than a year ago. If anyone sees that as an equitable concession from the President in reciprocity, that person has a severely impaired understanding of how negotiations work.
Here is a list of those the House chose to send. As anyone can see, many are among the most radical members:
Sending in the circus is not how to get this country back on the right track.