Thursday President Obama brought together members of the House and Senate for a Health Care Summit.
Some of the invited Republicans made good points. These points were recognized by the President, and many were agree upon. Most of the Republicans simply reiterated their talking points, over and over and over again. This unfortunately framed the Republican position as not being willing to compromise on any level and that their only motivation was to kill any reform.
The invited Democrats mostly exhibited a moderate tone, which framed the Democratic position as willing to compromise in the effort to achieve some reform.
The President appeared as the grownup in the room.
Prior to the Health Care Summit , many members of the right feared that this was a “setup,” a “trap” that would make them look foolish, much as it did when the President went to the House Republican Retreat in January. They were correct. However it was not the President that made them look foolish. They did it themselves.