This is the type of meeting a president does to pretend he’s doing something when he’s really doing NOTHING. Immigration reform has about as much chance of passing before Election Day 2012 as legislation outlawing cantaloupe.
But there are Hispanic voters to be assuaged, so we have a high profile MEETING this afternoon at the White House with enough people on hand whose views are already well known to ensure that nothing substantive gets done. And Al Sharpton will be there, whose
rantings remarks will take up at least ten to fifteen minutes of the hour long session.
Here’s who will attend, along with about a dozen senior administration officials. I think they’re going to have to meet on the South Lawn.
Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals; Hon. Michael Bloomberg, City of New York; Bill Bratton, Former Police Chief, City of Los Angeles and City of New York; Hon. Julian Castro, Mayor, City of San Antonio; Secretary Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary Homeland Security; Governor John Engler, President and CEO, Business Roundtable; Hon. Eric Garcetti, City Council, President City of Los Angeles; Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Former Secretary of Commerce; Raymond Kelly, Commissioner, New York City Police Department; Senator Mel Martinez, Former United States Senator/Chairman, Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean JP Morgan Chase; Greg Page, Chairman & CEO, Cargill; Secretary Federico Pena, Former Secretary of Transportation and Secretary of Energy; John Podesta, CEO, Center for American Progress; Charles Ramsey, Chief of Police, City of Philadelphia/President, Major City Chiefs; Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network; Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former California Governor; Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO; John C. Wester, Bishop, Archdiocese of Salt Lake City