So what's on the menu; a side or main course of crow?
Obama's Plan B: Engage with the Republicans By , and | 3/6/13 1:56 PM EST
President Barack Obamaâs outside game just headed indoors, on account of inclement political weather.
Since he defeated Mitt Romney four months ago, the president and his team have touted his capacity to shape the debate on budget, taxes and entitlements by barnstorming around the country to batter Hill Republicans as a bunch of do-nothing radicals intent on wrecking the economy.
But the Obama brand that won him two presidential elections that he's the only reasonable grown-up willing to make deals in the interest of the greater good has clearly taken a hit as voters sour on his new, post-election bellicosity.
While the White House is still intent on hammering House Republicans they view as unreachable, Obama increasingly sees a path out of gridlock through the Senate GOP conference, whose members want to prove their party is capable of big, meaningful bipartisan deals that belie the "Party of No" label, Democrats tell POLITICO.
That's why Obama invited a handful of ostensibly persuadable Republican senators over to the Jefferson Hotel near the White House for dinner Wednesday a list of invitees that includes on-again, off-again adversaries like John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.).
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