President Barack Obama hasn't even given his health-care speech yet but that doesn't stop the Republican from responding, or pre-sponding, more accurately.
Press secretary to House Republican Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner, Michael Steel (his name is almost identical to the Republican National Committee chair's except it lacks a final "E") wrote this in an e-mail:
Folks — in his speech tonight, the President is expected to claim, "If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen. My door is always open."
It's tough to say what door he's talking about, since, The Hill reported today, the President has not met with House Republicans since April, and when Republican Leaders asked for such a meeting in a May 14 letter, the President ignored the request.
The Politico reported on the President's response on June 5, saying, "he makes no mention of the request to meet in the letter, which he signs off by stating, "Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me and I look forward to further discussions on this critically important issue."
But those "further discussion" simply didn't happen. The President's letter is attached to this email, and you can click here to read our letter requesting the meeting, in which Republican Leaders wrote, "Despite our differences on some important health care-related issues, we are convinced there are areas offering potential for common ground on health care reform among Republicans and Democrats."
Like the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own set of facts — and the facts are clear: blame for the lack of bipartisanship in the current health care debate lies squarely at the feet of Washington Democrats.