President Obama, supposedly at his wit’s end to find common ground with Congressional Republicans, has now opened a new front in his thus-far-unsuccessful “charm offensive”: golf diplomacy. Today, President Obama plans to golf with three senators: Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), and Sen. Mark Udall (D-UT). According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, Obama has golfed 120 rounds since becoming president, but has only invited members of Congress three times: twice with Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and once with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH).
White House press secretary Jay Carney told the media this morning that Obama planned to talk about a “range of issues” with the three Senators, including sequestration and deficit reduction. “He’s willing to try anything,” said Carney about Obama’s golf summit.
Corker is a member of the Committees on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, as well as Foreign Relations. Udall is on the Committees on Armed Services and Energy and Natural Resources. Chambliss is on the Armed Services Committee, as well as the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry. Both Corker and Chambliss have shown willingness to raise taxes in the past.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).