These Republicans remind me of women (or men) who’ve been burned as their significant other beats them, then buys into the apology and post beating lovey dovey attitude, tells the cops and hospital they fell, and it happens again And again. And again
(The Hill) Senate Republicans are more optimistic about the prospect of a grand bargain on the deficit after an intimate dinner with President Obama Wednesday evening in downtown Washington.
Obama and a dozen Republicans discussed a range of issues during a nearly two-hour meal at the Jefferson Hotel, focusing mostly on the budget, the issue that most divided them in the last Congress.
GOP senators say no new policy ground was broken as both sides held fast to their battle-tested positions on taxes and spending, but the meeting helped thaw frosty relations and improve the prospects of a deal eventually. (snip)
Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Sen. Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), John McCain (Ariz.) and Pat Toomey (Pa.) also sat down with Obama.
Hooray, we’ve been provided with an easy list of the most squishy Republicans in the Senate. Ones who are going to be monumentally disappointed and outraged when PINO Obama turns around and stabs them in their chest. “But, but, but, we had a nice dinner! Then he punched me in the face!”
Johanns said he is more optimistic of reaching a broad deficit-reduction deal this Congress.
“I think he’s very sincere. I think he wants to try to figure something out. Today was a good step and we’ll see what happens now,” he said.
Ugh. I can feeeeel the Senate Republican capitulation coming.
Furthermore, once Republicans start talking about a “grand bargain”, it’s game over. They won’t make any significant cuts. They’ll probably remove the ones from Sequestration. They’ll give Obama more tax increases and get nothing back, other than his typical blamestorming, insults, and derision. Heck, they can’t even get anything real out of Democrats for smaller bargains. Remember how the Democrats in the Senate were supposed to come up with a budget in order to allow an extension of the debt ceiling? Yeah, how’d that work out? Because today is March 7th, and they were supposed to submit that budget by March 1st. Said budget must be passed by April 15, or Congress will see their pay held in an escrow account (notice that they won’t actually lose money for failing to do their jobs).