Wow. Five progressive bloggers were invited to the White House in a late attempt to rally the troops. The White House photo of Team Progressive is, well, it is what it is.
But the transcript reveals that the questions were generally just as weak. Here is the opening question:
Q Thanks for having us here, Mr. President. Just to start off, because the news of the day is obviously what just happened in Kentucky. What’s your feelings on the thought of a Rand Paul supporter actually stepping on the neck of a female MoveOn supporter?
For heaven's sake - one would hope that, in preparation for a meeting with the President, these people would attempt to distinguish between actual news and the latest partisan laundry to emerge from the spin cycle.
The gay marriage and DADT questions were better [Ann Althouse dissects here]. Nothing about the December review of Afghanistan, nothing about closing Gitmo, and here is a question that gives softballs a bad name:
Q Mine is an easy question. Will you rule out raising the retirement age to 70?
Well, Obama ruled out nothing, including raising the retirement age to 69 or 68. Jiminy.
One last lamer:
Q I want to go back to the idea of working with Republicans. And given the comments from McConnell and — well, all of them — I think that what a lot of people find frustrating is that our side compromises and continues to compromise just to get that one Republican on. We’re going to get one of the Maine twins — whatever. And it doesn’t happen, and then by the time health care or whatever goes through we’ve compromised; we still don’t get any Republicans.
I don’t anticipate this changing in the next two years. I think it’s going to get worse. How are you going to get Democrats to understand that compromise means the other side has to give something sometimes, one day?
It's a bit late to look for a pre-emptive Republican surrender.
OH MAN: Who knew that Iowahawk had access to the double-top secret White House tapes of the meeting?