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Obama Reaches Out to GOP

Who’s bringing the nachos? President Obama will invite Republicans to the White House for the Super Bowl as part of a new strategy to engage the GOP. They’ll also be invited on social visits to Camp David, but it won’t be all R&R, as Obama also plans to engage them in policy initiatives in order to, as The New York Times puts it, “share the burden of governing and put more scrutiny on Republican initiatives.” Marc Ambinder says the strategy is not quite as friendly as it seems. “The White House will continue to reach out—not because they actually believe in the magical bipartisan fairy, but because they're ready to remonstrate Republicans when the GOP slams the door in their faces.”