Did you see the story about how Obama dined Tuesday evening with a passel of conservative and neocon columnists/pundits including George Will, Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer and David Brooks? To be honest, I care more about the trajectory of this incoming Administration’s policies than I do about Obama’s selection of dining partners. But, still, I have to ask: Will Obama find the time to dine with progressive or center-left writers, thinkers, activists in this period–or does he have just enough time to leave his family to break bread with conservative columnists? Couldn’t he, at least, have tried that Team Of Rivals template to add some spice and sizzle and diversity of views to that dining table at George Will’s place?

I’m keeping hope alive that –as his campaign reminded us: Yes, he can!