Oct
08
2013

@BarackObama desperately reaches out to Beltway Righty journalists.

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.

Moe Lane

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).

13 Comments

  • Catseyes says:

    Gigot moderated the Wall Street Journal show on Fox on Saturdays. Pretty good business oriented and moderate conservative.

    • midwestconservative says:

      He’s good, but certainly not somebody who’d move anybody in the GOP.

    • sicsemperstolidissimum says:

      Back when I watched news hour, back when I watched any tv news, News Hour had Gigot on at times.

  • Catseyes says:

    He’s no Stuart Varney tho that’s for sure. It’s seems like a group that’s for attempting to influence the Republican Establishment not set up a channel to the Tea Party. Divide and Conquer Strategy much.

  • midwestconservative says:

    None of the people above would convince anybody in the grassroots to abandon the hardline position. IF Obama wanted to convince us, he’d invite Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin, Rich Lowry (NR), Stephen Hayes (WS) and Michelle Malkin.
    But of that group only Lowry and Hayes would probably be respectful of the POTUS. The Rest would go into it unequivocally opposed.

  • Catseyes says:

    The major problem with trying to convince the grassroots to abandon their position by calling in that group is that O’bama would find that he was the intellectual light weight in the room as the destroyed him his positions and any offer he makes. They might even be able to convince him that his position was untenable and that he should retreat. It would certainly be an interesting meeting.

  • qixlqatl says:

    ” I would go and be completely respectful of the position he holds (and solely for the position’s sake).”
    .
    You’re a better man than I, Gunga Din. I doubt I could refrain from spitting in his face.

  • BigGator5 says:

    Byron York Would likely come out of that meeting telling House conservatives to stay the course.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Yeah. And Bob Costa is probably the go-to guy these days as to what Congressional Republicans are thinking; he’s certainly a better source than Pelosi or Reid. Honestly, this *was* a step up from the usual go-to ‘conservatives’ for Obama’s crowd.

  • Freddie Sykes says:

    Off=the=record journalism? Oxymoron!

  • Catseyes says:

    Even with the aforementioned group O’bama ‘s going to find it hard to convince any of them, with exception of Parker, to support his position. I’m not sure he’s even going to be able to get them not to talk about the details of the meeting.

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