Though Republicans would prefer to avoid defense cuts, they can (and have) learned to live with them. As I wrote in February, Obama’s “suggestion that Republicans agree to raise taxes again to delay the sequester is laughable — they have zero reason to do it. Either he agrees to spending cuts of an equal amount, or the sequester will kick in.”

Sequestration went into effect nearly two months ago, and Obama had been insisting that he wouldn’t accept any fix that didn’t include higher taxes. But last night, the Democratic Senate voted to provide the FAA with more flexibility on how it spends its money so that airport delays could be avoided. …

Though Republicans have gotten the best of Obama on the sequestration issue, it should be cautioned that this isn’t a significant policy victory for conservatives.