Mitt Romney, Obama to lunch at White House, Democrats need a Grover Norquist

November 29, 2012

Politico’s Arena asks: Mitt Romney is scheduled to have lunch with President Obama today at the White House – a meeting that aims to put closure on any ill feelings from the election and potentially grow a some form of relationship between the two men. How likely is it that the two men will develop a friendship from this meeting? Could Romney be helpful to President Obama at some point in the next four years? 


David Goldman, File/ Associated Press ) – FILE – In this Oct. 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. President Barack Obama will host his former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, their first meeting since the election.

Mitt Romney and President Obama’s lunch at the White House: “I don’t know whether Emily Post has any tips for breaking the ice over lunch with your just-vanquished foe.  But I have just the thing if President Obama was serious about asking Mitt Romney to “work together to move this country forward.” Romney was once a world-class management consultant with a legendary appetite for “the data.” His private-equity success was due partly to his knack for identifying and purging inefficiencies from bloated, underperforming enterprises. It’s time, therefore, to set him loose (analytically speaking) on the mother of all domestic challenges: America’s radically inefficient health-care system,” writes CAP’s Matt Miller. (Washington Post)

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Democrats could use their own Grover Norquist: Here’s the first lesson from the early skirmishing over ways to avoid the fiscal cliff: Democrats and liberals have to stop elevating Grover Norquist, the anti-government crusader who wields his no-tax pledge as a nuclear weapon, into the role of a political Superman. Pretending that Norquist is more powerful than he is allows Republicans to win acclaim they haven’t earned yet. Without making a single substantive concession, they get loads of praise just for saying they are willing to ignore those old pledges to Grover. You can give him props as a public relations genius. Like Ke$ha or Beyonce, he is widely known in Washington by only one name. But kudos for an openness to compromise should be reserved for Republicans who put forward concrete proposals to raise taxes,” writes Brookings’ E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

AEI’s Michael Barone: Colleges and the tyranny of good intentions. (National Review)

Brookings’ Sarah Binder: Three reforms to unstick the Senate. (CNN)

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