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Coburn spokesman: Obama, Democrats “just jumped the sharquester”

posted at 5:11 pm on March 6, 2013 by

Chris Cillizza covers much the same ground as Politico did earlier today, reporting on the fear among Democrats that Barack Obama got caught crying “wolf” over the sequester.  Failure in this case isn’t an orphan, and unnamed Democrats are happy to point back to the Oval Office for paternity on the hysteria strategy:

Then the sequester hit — and (almost) no one noticed. (Sidebar: It’s kind of like the “snow” storm currently “hitting” D.C.; lots of advance warning, very little immediate impact.) The sky is falling language seemed overblown, and the devastating consequences amounted to the suspension of public tours at the White House. Obama hasn’t helped himself post-sequester — landing in a bit of political hot water with a mistaken claim about what the sequester would do to janitors on Capitol Hill.

A number of Democratic strategists condemned the strategy behind the sequester gambit by the president — albeit under the cloak of anonymity.

The best part of the piece, though, is this quip by Senator Tom Coburn’s spokesman John Hart:

Republicans, not surprisingly, lept at the chance to play some offense on an issue their party had seemingly determined would have to be endured as a necessary political loss. “They just jumped the sharquester,” John Hart, a spokesman for Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (R), told the Washington Post Tuesday.

Awesome.  And the faceplant seems to have Obama looking for a way to save face:

And, rhetorical change aside, President Obama seems far more committed to making a “big” deal this week than he was even seven days ago — perhaps aware that the political ground beneath his feet is less solid than it was pre-sequester. He’s having dinner with a handful of Republican Senators tonight then heading up to Capitol Hill to huddle with them next week. Heck, he even called Wisconsin Rep.Paul Ryan! Everything — in terms of political body language — screams that he is ready to make a deal.

Republicans now must decide if they want to take it. While they clearly feel as though they have political momentum behind them at the moment, the GOP would do well to remember that the high ground can shift rapidly. That’s especially true when it comes to the sequester, which has been compared to a wave; it might start small but it can quickly grow into something that can swamp you. Remember that this is a $1.2 trillion spending cut spread out over a decade, meaning that the longer the sequester is allowed to stay in place the broader and more painful the cuts will become.

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No way. The Donks got their tax increases last January. It is now their turn to CUT SPENDING! Hopefully, the GOP will take Obama over the coals for scaring the public and already needlessly impacting them (White House tours being cancelled, for example). NO MORE TAX INCREASES UNTIL THE DONKS IMPOSE REAL SPENDING CUTS! Which, of course, they have NEVER done. It was the one thing that Reagan lamented: trusting the Donks to keep their word to cut spending.

HiJack on March 6, 2013 at 5:25 PM

“rake” them over the coals.

HiJack on March 6, 2013 at 5:26 PM

…now I heard on the radio that an email went out from the White House…. to department heads telling them not contradict any of the statements JugEars made regarding the pain that will be caused by sequestration…but more or less confirming…. “make it hurt”!

KOOLAID2 on March 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Quoting Thatcher:

“Now is not the time to go wobbly.”

itsspideyman on March 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Due to the sequester we were supposed to have that huge snowstorm in DC today. Like the rest of the fear-mongering it proved to be false and Obama controlled the weather just fine.

Crispian on March 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Due to the sequester we were supposed to have that huge snowstorm in DC today. Like the rest of the fear-mongering it proved to be false and Obama controlled the weather just fine.

Crispian on March 6, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Don’t laugh, some of his voters think he can do that.

Alabama Infidel on March 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Remember that this is a $1.2 trillion spending cut spread out over a decade, meaning that the longer the sequester is allowed to stay in place the broader and more painful the cuts will become.

I’m not sure I’m getting this. Is he trying to say $1.2 trillion over a decade is a big huge scary cut? They’ll pass more than that in one-off disaster relief bills. It’s absurd.

Fenris on March 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Oh, man, it will be so painful to go back to the size of government in 2007 or, God forbid, 2000.

AshleyTKing on March 6, 2013 at 8:51 PM

this is a $1.2 trillion spending cut spread out over a decade, meaning that the longer the sequester is allowed to stay in place the broader and more painful the cuts will become.

What a load of BS. Over 10 years it isn’t even meaningful. The only reason anyone even notices the “sequester” is because the idiot dems keep harping on it.

woodNfish on March 7, 2013 at 12:12 PM

There have been no spending cuts (reductions in outlays). There will be no spending cuts. There will be only reductions in the rate of increase of spending. There have been no budgets for over three years. There is only a continuing resolution baseline spending plan–one that baked the $850B stimulus spending into the following three years of spending. That means, in essence, that the stimulus really cost America over $2.5 trillion by jacking up domestic program spending. THAT is the real reason why Reid never produced a budget: the Dems would have to own up to that explosive growth.

The more the GOP allows this asinine “D.C. speak” to define the argument, the longer they remain losers. Every conservative ought to stop every conversation where the words “spending cuts” are employed and make this point.

PD Quig on March 7, 2013 at 12:33 PM