Afterward, Sen. John McCain upped the ante and called for the deployment of 6,000 troops. Other border states – less politically important, perhaps – were left out of the discussion. Gov. Rick Perry, who was not in attendance, has not heard back from a request for troops that is over a year old. And Obama has continued to avoid passing any kind of comprehensive immigration reform.
The discussion extended from immigration to other issues on the national agenda. Sen. Jon Barrasso, R-Wy., hammered Obama on the health care bill and Sen. David Vitter, R-La., yelled at Obama about the gulf oil spill.
Unlike the first meeting with Republicans, this exchange was not televised. It seems that Washington’s politicians have learned that if they’re going to behave like children, they’d better do it behind closed doors.