Opposition party

The other week I was going to post something about how Obama reads criticism closely and takes it seriously.  This, I think, is a praiseworthy intellectual habit.  Perhaps the following item, however, means that he is taking it too far:

Barack Obama took the next big step in his Republican charm offensive on Tuesday night, when he dined with several of the nation's most prominent conservative pundits.

The president-elect arrived at the Chevy Chase, Md., home of syndicated columnist George Will shortly after 6:30 p.m., according to a press pool report. Greeting him at the residence were other luminaries of the conservative commentariat, including the Weekly Standard's William Kristol, New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post.

The odd-couple gathering led to speculation that Rush Limbaugh, who said that he was in D.C. for a "secret meeting," was also in attendance. "I'm just offering, a personal trip, nobody even has to know about this," the notorious and combative talk show host wrote on his website.

Alas, a source close to the transition confirms, Limbaugh was definitely not in attendance during the dinner affair — likely disappointing some in the conservative blogosphere, knowing full well the fury that would have caused among progressives.

Nevertheless, Obama's choice of dining partners seem likely to cause its fair share of hair-pulling and eye-rolling. As the pool reporter, Ken Bazinet of the New York Daily News, penned in his write up: "This is for real, folks. The bloggers are going to love this one."

Obama has pledged to be a uniter once in office. He's also said he is willing to take policy suggestions from any source, regardless of ideological affiliation, as long as they work. So far, he's living up to his word.

I wonder who did the cooking.

5 thoughts on “Opposition party”

  1. I’m confused.  Where’s the logically fallacious part of this story?  Are we supposed to agree that meeting with conservative pundits is a bad idea?  This post seems oddly out of place.

  2. Sorry, there’s nothing fallacious and I haven’t alleged that there is.  I have made the hyperbolic suggestion that Obama is too interested in criticism–which was a joke. Besides, sometimes we post things here that aren’t meant to diagnose fallacies, but merely to discuss philosophy, or critical reasoning, more generally.

  3. Oh understood.  Sorry, I’m a bit new here.  I guess the question this raises is whether Obama is listening to conservative pundits as merely a political move or whether he is really interested in the views of the opposition party.

  4. Obama has claimed–can’t remember where but it was recently–that he listens to criticism.  Spending an evening in the company of some of your harshest critics I think might qualify as being interested.  Now I’m trying to remember when it was that George W. Bush met with Paul Krugman.   Oh, I know.  Never.

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