Wednesday night, while Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was defending American freedom on the floor of the United States Senate, President Obama was at the posh Jefferson Hotel sitting between Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Greaham, R-S.C., and ten other Republican senators, while dining on foie gras terrrine and lobster Thermidor. Then yesterday, Obama invited House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan over to the White House for a lunch of broiled sea bass served with a roasted vegetable ragu.
Besides showing off his refined palate, what was Obama trying to accomplish with these meetings? Some liberal pundits believe Obama is just conducting an information campaign to educate Republicans about how reasonable his tax hikes and spending cuts are. They point to blind quotes from some Republican senators confessing they were not aware of all the spending cuts Obama said he would be open to make in exchange for tax hikes.