Meet The Robinsons

1 comment January 15th, 2009at 07:24am Posted by Eli

Once again, Obama turns to a Eugene Robinson to try to salvage the situation.  First he invited openly gay bishop Gene Robinson to deliver an opening prayer at an inauguration pre-event after getting savaged for choosing homophobic bigot Rick Warren to deliver the invocation, and now he turns to liberal WaPo columnist Eugene Robinson as part of his counterbalance to his dinner with conservative pundits:

Obama held a meeting with several columnists and liberal commentators this morning, following up on last night’s dinner with conservative writers, according to sources with knowledge of the meeting.

The group included the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne and Eugene Robinson, the Wall Street Journal’s Gerry Seib, National Journal’s Ron Brownstein, the New York Times Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, among others.

Some of the writers there today are clearly on the liberal side, while others more moderate. Regardless, it’s still quite a contrast from yesterday’s dinner companions: George Will, Bill Kristol, David Brooks, Charles Krauthammer, Peggy Noonan, and Paul Gigot.

It’s interesting that Sullivan — author of “The Conservative Soul” — was invited along with the more liberal wing of the chattering class. Perhaps his Palin-bashing during the campaign wouldn’t have gone over well with the righties.

Today’s meeting was held at the transition headquarters, and lasted about an hour and fifteen minutes. All the participants sat at a long conference table. Unlike dinner at Will’s house, there weren’t refreshments.

“It was a pretty intense back and forth about a lot of stuff,” said one attendee, declining to get into specifics, since the meeting was off the record.

Well, I’m glad Obama’s meeting with some progressives, although it’s not nearly as progressive a roster as the previous meeting’s was conservative (Andrew Sullivan? MoDo?), it only lasted half as long, and there was no food.  But hey, who’s counting?  Besides, it’s not like progressives are anywhere near as important as conservatives, right?

Entry Filed under: Media,Obama,Politics

1 Comment

  • 1. Ruth  |  January 15th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Next, Mrs. Robinson, maybe?

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