Like many of you, I think the reason there is so much distance between the Ryan/GOP plan to dismantle Medicare and Medicaid and send that money to Charlie Sheen and the Obama plan is because they are simply incompatible viewpoints. They are quite simply competing visions in which there can be very little common ground.
But I am a lowly blogger, and as such, have a jaundiced view of things. Far more beautiful minds, such as David Brooks at the NY Times, have other reasons for the distance between the two men and their visions for America:
President Obama and Paul Ryan are two of the smartest, most admirable and most genial men in Washington. It is sad, although not strange, that in today’s Washington they have never had a serious private conversation. The president has never invited Ryan over even for lunch.
And, should they decide on a neutral location, I suppose they could always choose the Applebee’s Salad Bar.