Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
(CNN) - As the saying goes, even paranoids have enemies. A Washington corollary: Even cynics have reason to be cynical.
Consider the latest Washington Kabuki: the overdue bipartisan leadership meeting at the White House. To prepare, and disarm the GOP, the president orders a federal pay freeze the day before the session. It's an easy gimme: The GOP has already proposed it, the voters don't like the government much and the White House can point to it as evidence of its willingness to work together.