Present at the meeting were Charles Krauthammer, the Washington Post columnist and Fox News contributor; Paul Gigot, the Wall Street Journal editorial page editor; Robert Costa, the National Review’s Washington editor; syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker; and Washington Examiner columnist Byron York, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.
Of those, at least 4 have been vocal critics of the Cruz strategy — and Obama, who follows the news and monitors his detractors and defenders just as you’d expect a paranoid narcissist would, did not pick these “conservatives” at random.
But here’s the problem: though many have influence within the GOP’s messaging apparatus given their sinecures at FOX or the WSJ or as Elliot Spitzer’s one-time straight man, the truth is, they do not, with the possible exception of York, represent the wishes of the GOP base, and they are entirely DC-centric (and so intellectually myopic) when it comes to strategy.
Too, they are evidently easily won over by personal invites that I’m sure will fluff their egos.
They are all paladins of the Ruling Party, nominally Republican, but none actually conservative except in relation to the hard left of the Democrat Party.
But those are the only kind who will every get a formal audience with the King, so….