I know that’s a very high bar to pass, but read before you say it’s impossible. In his column today, titled “Ultimate Spoiler Alert,” Brooks writes:
President Obama and Paul Ryan are two of the smartest, most admirable and most genial men in Washington. It is sad, although not strange, that in today’s Washington they have never had a serious private conversation. The president has never invited Ryan over even for lunch.
As a result, both men are misinformed about the other, and both have developed a cold contempt for the other’s position. Obama believes Ryan wants to take America back to what he sees as the savage capitalism of the 1920s (or even the 1760s). Ryan believes Obama wants to turn America into a declining European welfare state.
The bloggerati are having great fun with this, which admittedly is more irresistible than difficult:
Apparently a presidential lunch invitation is all it would take to persuade Rep Ryan to drop his fanatical adherence to a lower taxes for rich people agenda! Millions of poor Americans may lose their Medicaid coverage over this faux pas. Medicare will be eliminated over the absence of a lunch date! Under the circumstances, shouldn’t Brooks himself just invite these two over for lunch? He could even do it wacky sitcom style and not tell either of them that the other guy’s coming. I’ll pay the tab, whatever.
It’s not too big a jump to conclude that the lack of an invitation from Obama for lunch was a detail fed to Brooksy by Ryan.
Can’t you just picture “Boobie Brooks” putting his hand to his forehead as he holds the phone to his ear, saying, “Oh my god, you’re kidding! Really? Obama’s never asked you to have lunch with him? That is awful.”