04/11/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Republicans Unlikely To Pull Out Of Health Summit

After talking to a bunch of senior Republican aides and advisers on background, I can report that the chatter in GOP circles is that it's unlikely that Republicans will pull out of the health care summit, despite GOP leadership hints to the contrary.

The basic view is that the President would have to say or do something dramatic and eye-popping that would give Republicans an unequivocal pretext for pulling out. GOPers doubt Obama will be clumsy enough to do this, given that the White House clearly wants the summit to happen for its own political purposes.

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