Obama’s sequestration strategy: shame
Which is in fact his entire strategy, politically — as regular readers of this site have known for quite some time now: Obama positions himself to blame Republicans for his own executive shortcomings — after all, sequestration was his idea, developed precisely because he knew he could later demagogue it, and that the Republican House leadership, made manifest in a quivering, weeping bowl of orange surrender jello (and prodded on by a GOP Senate Maverick who can’t break a hip soon enough) , would beg him for a way to capitulate — then uses propaganda to convince low-information voters that his string of surreal, bald-faced lies has some real-world truth value, relying on the mainstream press to parrot his message without doing any sort of fact checking of what are easily debunked assertions.
– While the fact-checking they do attempt is entirely slanted to place the Democrats’ (read: New Left / Marxist / liberal fascist) policy propositions in the most favorable light possible while nitpicking the rhetoric of conservative objections looking for metaphor or hyperbole or some other such figure of speech to suggest that the opposition point of view is somehow illegitimate or overstated or speaking to an unrelated concern.
By the time it all goes to shit, he’ll be gone. And besides, it’ll be spun as the fault of recalcitrant Republicans. And of those, the TEA Party extremists, who have overtaken the party, despite the gallant efforts of Karl Rove and Kathleen Parker to save the party from itself.
The script has already been written. And the pragmatists, having no principles to fall back on, can’t figure a way out to rewrite it that would work to their long-term benefit.
Meanwhile, as Mark Levin has been pointing out over the last several evenings, the GAO and the CBO have reported over $325 Billion (on the low end) in government waste, fraud, abuse, and redundancy available for cutting. By the government’s own estimates! And yet we’re to believe that a “cut” of $44 Billion is going to shut down airports, cause the layoff of 800,000 civilian military employees, affect law enforcement and border security, etc — all while we’ve built a $1 Trillion “one-time stimulus” into the never-ending continuing resolution?
The point being, there’s a ready, factual answer to Obama’s shame strategy: don’t be shamed. Call his bluff. Beat him over the head with facts. Get out in front of the cameras and ask why the President wants to make the sequestration hurt Americans rather than take the time to do his own job as Chief Executive and get his branch in order.
The Republicans continue to try to play politics with Obama when what they need to do is simply stand up for the people and tell the truth, repeatedly and unblinkingly, and let the chips fall where they may.
If they lose, they lose. But right now, even when they win, we lose. Which is exactly why they’re out for themselves. Because as they figure it, either way we lose, so they may as well go down on the luxury deck of the ship.