Unless Joe Klein is psychic, he is being disingenuous. How can he read between the lines of the health care summit when he didn't even watch it? Many other pundits and commentators disagree with his analysis. They think the Republicans did very well.
Reading between the lines, you can conclude that the Republicans had nothing very interesting, or clever, to say (and were never able to get the President's goat). And that the President was his usual, unflappable, well-informed self. You can also conclude that not much progress was made at the summit, as Karen reports here--but that's a huge surprise, right?