Barack Obama is backing away from his prior refusal to seek a compromise with Congress, indicating he will meet with lawmakers Thursday in an effort to end the ongoing federal government shutdown.
House Republicans, who have received the brunt of Obama’s vitriol throughout the stalemate, are invited to meet with the president to discuss funding and reopening the government. This decision stands in contrast to his repeated insistence he will accept nothing less than a “clean” spending bill — one that does not target the increasingly contentious ObamaCare law.
This move, which came around the same time as polling results showed his approval rating at a dismal 37 percent, indicates that Obama might be ready to concede at least some of the GOP’s points. That assumption might be overly optimistic, however, given his supreme reticence to acquiesce.
In actuality, Obama is likely focused on his demand for another debt limit increase. With a deadline fast approaching, he cannot afford to be saddled with a shutdown while making the case for giving the government even more money.
No matter the intention, his invitation to all House Republicans could have resulted in congressional conservatives making the case for fiscal sanity. Unfortunately, House Speaker John Boehner stymied that possibility by disinviting the very Tea Party-backed representatives who have rallied against ObamaCare.
Boehner wants only “elected leaders” and “certain committee chairmen” at the meeting, a group that includes plenty of establishment Republicans but few strong conservative voices.
There seems to be little real chance this negotiation will result in anything about which conservatives will celebrate. Still, the mere fact a few strong-willed lawmakers could prompt Obama’s about-face regarding the meeting is a positive sign.
With more principled leaders willing to stand their ground, America could once again escape from the clutches of tyranny. This message needs to resonate with every conservative voter as the 2014 midterm elections draw near.