Oh, to be a fly in the wall for this one: “President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with five conservative journalists on Tuesday afternoon.” Charles Krauthammer, Paul Gigot, Robert Costa, Kathleen Parker, and Byron York, supposedly. Of the five, Parker shouldn’t have been there, as nobody on the Right is going to take her seriously as a conservative voice on anything that’s not touching on life issues; Gigot is not particularly pinging my radar; and Krauthammer, Costa, & York are reasonable choices, although every man jack of ’em are firmly inside the Beltway.
I assume that the President tried his best to get them to try to calm the rest of us down, so let me save some time and gently note that this will not actually work. This isn’t the Left; we’re not really all that fond of marching orders in the VRWC. Then again, this may simply be sour grapes on my part; after all, the President was unlikely to invite, say, me over for tea. Which is a pity – for him. I could extract Barack Obama from this mess he’s put himself into in an afternoon.
PS: I do not fault those five journalists for meeting with the President. I heartily dislike President Obama myself by now, but if he invited me in I would go and be completely respectful of the position he holds (and solely for the position’s sake).