A DELAY IN ENERGY TALKS…. For those closely watching developments on the energy/climate bill in the Senate, today was poised to be a big day. The White House had convened a meeting with congressional leaders, and President Obama reportedly hoped to make at least some progress on putting together a deal.

The scheduled meeting has, however, been postponed.

The White House on Tuesday abruptly canceled a planned energy summit between President Barack Obama and a bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers, citing a scheduling conflict.

Obama had been scheduled to meet with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), their respective leadership teams, and the chairmen and ranking members of relevant committees Wednesday morning. According to Senate aides, the meeting was planned to discuss the chances of comprehensive energy legislation.

The time the president was going to spend with lawmakers he’ll now spend with Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

The positive side of this is that it gives the various leaders involved in the process time to continue to work on possible avenues of compromise. The far less encouraging side is that the Senate is simply running out of time, and delays make success less likely.

The meeting has reportedly been rescheduled for early next week.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.