Yes, it's time for: The Personal Presidential Touch.
White House officials say Mr. Obama has met in the Oval Office, or talked by phone, with more than two dozen Democrats in the past three days. They say about half the lobbying sessions have been in person, half over the phone. The president has kept his public schedule light so he can twist as many arms as possible.
The White House calls it "time well spent" and says the conversations "are making a difference." The president, they claim, has already convinced at least a few Democrats to switch from no to yes on health care, and persuaded others to hold fast to their yes votes. Democratic sources on Capitol Hill tell me the president is doing an effective job of closing the deal.Continue »
Senn. John McCain was the center of attention when he made a rare appearance on the Senate floor this morning. Republican colleagues took turns – a couple even waited in line – to shake his hand and pat him on the back. He spent alot of time in serious conversation with some of his strongest supporters – Republican Senators Tom Coburn, John Thune, Richard Burr, (recently quoted as saying he'd be interested in the VP job), Kay Bailey Hutchison, Mel Martinez, Sam Brownback (who could be heard facetiously bragging about how he rallied the vote for McCain in Kansas, where McCain got crushed by Huckabee), Susan Collins, Saxby Chambliss.
Two fun moments (if only we had the floor bugged!):
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