Posted by Erick Erickson
I am hearing from multiple, prominent people that the Republicans in Washington are seriously thinking of caving and having an on camera sit down with Barack Obama even though their pre-conditions for a meeting will not be met.
Because the GOP does not want to be seen as the Party of No.
Right now the federal government is headed into its fourth straight day of closure due to weather. The nation has not stopped operating. The markets are open. The citizenry is working. Kids are going to school. Washington may be ground to a halt, but the free people of the country are working, productive, and far better off than if bureaucrats could make it into office.
In other words, the people are doing just fine without Washington being open for business. Why then do we need more of Washington? Why then do we need more government?
If the GOP meets with Barack Obama, they will be compromising for more government at a time the people want less government. That is the fatal flaw that undermines any on camera appearance. People are not saying we can’t do better. What people are saying is that Washington will make things worse.
Unless Barack Obama is prepared to unleash the free market to drive down health care costs — a sign he could only send by rejected the pre-existing plans, which are filled with government growth and mandates — there is no point to meet with him.
The GOP should not worry about being seen as the Party of No. It was saying “No” to Obama’s agenda that got Scott Brown elected. The GOP should worry about about being seen as capitulators and compromisers willing to sell out the American people for a seat at the table or a better image with the press.
Ronald Reagan said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” The GOP should remember the American people still think that and know the GOP is all too happy to be from the government.
Mitch McConnell and John Boehner need to tell Barack Obama, “No.”