Last week, President Obama promised to bring people together from all sides to discuss what to do about the fiscal cliff. By all sides, he apparently meant unions, Hollywood, and wild left interest groups. Here’s the guest list today at the White House for a summit on what to do about the fiscal cliff:
Mary Kay Henry, SEIU; Lee Saunders, AFSCME; Dennis Van Roekel, NEA; Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO; Neera Tanden and John Podesta, Center for American Progress; Bob Greenstein, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities; Laura Burton Capps, Common Purpose Project; Max Richtman, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; Justin Ruben, MoveOn; and Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change.
Oh yes, and Bono.
Obama won the presidency in large part thanks to the efforts of unions, who turned out thousands of members to boost Obama’s ground game. And Hollywood chipped in, too, by consistently portraying Obama as a put-upon genius, and Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch elitist. And that’s not even mentioning the musicians who toured with Obama to help him fill his less-than-enthused stadiums.
Now Obama is making good on his promises to unions, and his promises to Hollywood. This is the crowd that defines the Obama administration. They always have. Obama just doesn’t care who sees it anymore.