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Is Obama overplaying sequester hand?
politico ^ | 2/22/13 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN and JAKE SHERMAN

Posted on 02/22/2013 2:56:54 AM PST by SoFloFreeper

...Obama’s greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn’t the Republican leadership in Congress — it’s his confidence in his own ability to force a win.

He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations to the White House.

...In the last two days alone, he’s courted local TV anchors, called in a select group of White House correspondents to talk off-the-record, chatted up black broadcasters, and announced plans to stump next week at Virginia’s Newport News Shipyard. Throughout, he’s talked in tough terms that signal little interest in compromise — or suggestion of backing down.

He’s navigating a thin line. Obama is convinced he’s got the upper hand on Republicans. Yet he can go only so long before he risks being perceived as a main actor in Washington’s dysfunction, threatening a core element of his political brand — and the fragile economic recovery he’s struggled to maintain.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: budget; jackass; keynesian; taxes
Even as the Obama buttlickers at politico acknowledge he is not showing leadership or bipartisanship, the "journalists" who cover this story maintain their worshipful fantasy:

the fragile economic recovery he’s struggled to maintain.

There is no recovery, fragile or otherwise...AND he has NOT struggled to maintain ANYTHING except further demise.

I s'pose we should consider it good that at least they've realized he isn't a leader...

Of course, if BUSH were treating Demon-Rat "leaders" the same way, the headlines would be much different.

1 posted on 02/22/2013 2:57:08 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

obama has a sequestered hand?
Did reggie hurt him?


2 posted on 02/22/2013 3:12:23 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
OK, we are to believe the 22 billion $ loss to Obama this year will shut down the Pentagon, 800,000 contractors laid off, shut down air traffic controllers, slow the TSA and lay off teachers firefighters and police and end meat inspectors all across the looted plains?

Oh that they could stretch the other 3.4 trillion $ to such efficiency, it would fund the government for a hundred years!

Did I mention 600,000 out of uniform too?

Earth to Obama, take the 3.4 trillion and make do.

3 posted on 02/22/2013 3:38:08 AM PST by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Obama will come out the winner here.
The GOP will come out the loser.

Obama knows what he’s doing and the GOP does not. Obama isn’t stupid — he wants to weaken Defense, and he has found a way to do that and blame us. He has every reason to feel very confident here.


4 posted on 02/22/2013 3:49:32 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Politico has been singing Obama’s praises relentlessly under the guise of pretending to be critical. Last week they had another ridiculous article with a sinister headline of something like, “Obama, the puppet master”. The article went on to say that the media isn’t biased, it is Obama who is a master at working the media, understands technology, unprecedented use of social media, etc. YUK!!


5 posted on 02/22/2013 3:52:09 AM PST by mgist
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To: mgist
He's simply too stupid for words. So are the guys and gals at Politico.

I think it's the dope ~ they were used to having it pretty heavily cut before it got to them and now they're dealing powder out of brand new tightly wrapped bricks.

6 posted on 02/22/2013 4:51:07 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: SoFloFreeper
Obama wants the lowering in the rate of increase of Federal spending (not "cuts"). that way, he can pummel the Republicans. And, since the GOP in Washington is a bunch of spineless, milquetoast, lily-livered, rubber-backed, bulldyke-fearing pansies, they'll say "thank you" for making them the bad guy again.*

*- My theory is, the GOP in Washington, D.C. actually LOVE Obama and agree with everything he says and does. However, to get re-elected in their "backward, redneck districts" they have to pretend they disagree with his policies around election time.

7 posted on 02/22/2013 5:19:27 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Right. There is NO economic recovery, ‘fragile’ or otherwise!

The truth to tell, “O” couldn't DEFINE ‘economy’ if his worthless life depended on it!

“O” knows diddly about ‘economy’ and can't wrap his skull around ANYTHING about wealth, effort, struggle, sacrifice, etc. ... or anything at all associated with how individuals and organizations succeed, prosper and grow!!

8 posted on 02/22/2013 5:30:25 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: MestaMachine

Someone needs to remind the rest of America that this sequestered bullcrap was actually obama’s idea.

How better to remind every one that the O in GOP stand for OLD, in age and thought processes.

A real third party is needed, BEFORE the colapse of a great nation.


9 posted on 02/22/2013 5:38:09 AM PST by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Actually, the only way to get cuts in spending is to implement the sequester and follow it up on March 2 with legislation directing specifically what will be cut. If necessary, there can be a supplemental defense appropriation specifically for the most damaging aspects of the Obama tirade shutting things down.

The House can tie him in knots retroactively


10 posted on 02/22/2013 5:38:59 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: Cyclone59
Someone needs to remind the rest of America that this sequestered bullcrap was actually obama’s idea.

This whole thing is a ruse to provide cover for the coming collapse caused by Obamacare and his energy policies. He will predict that all the bad things that will happen will be caused by the sequester and its the republicans' fault.

No matter what happens with the sequester, some deal will get done, but Obama will then blames the republicans because they didn't do things his way. He capitulated with them and therefore, the economic chaos that will inevitably come in late 2013 (as companies cut workers hours to under 30 and layoff workers to get under 50 and cancel health insurance benefits) and into 2014 will be blamed on the republicans throughout 2014 for the mid-term elections. If Obama gets control of the House and holds the senate, Katy bar the door.

11 posted on 02/22/2013 5:58:05 AM PST by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: SoFloFreeper; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; Gilbo_3; Impy; NFHale; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Liz; ...
RE :”He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn’t open a line of communication with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell until Thursday, a week before the spending ax hits. And when they did finally hear from Obama, the calls were perfunctory, with no request to step up negotiations or invitations to the White House.
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That’s because Obama’s all-in on an outside strategy, doing just about everything other than holding serious talks with Republicans. In the last two days alone, he’s courted local TV anchors, called in a select group of White House correspondents to talk off-the-record, chatted up black broadcasters, and announced plans to stump next week at Virginia’s Newport News Shipyard. Throughout, he’s talked in tough terms that signal little interest in compromise — or suggestion of backing down.”

Isn’t Obama’s popular (75% approval) solution to permanently raise taxes on the rich again to pay for another 3 month delay in the spending cuts?
And he campaigns that this is the only ‘serious’ idea proposed?

It seems like the above could be shown to be phony by a competition opposition party.
But (most in) the GOP we got just repeats the same losing argument as they used last year :"If a rich guy pays any-more taxes we all die"

Werent Republicans going to demand a budget?

12 posted on 02/22/2013 5:58:38 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: sickoflibs

The Dem/Obamanations are driven-—as all tyrants are-—by their obsessive need to exert absolute control.

They need to get back the House majority-—so they can run rampant over the citizenry.

The Dem/Obamanations eat, sleep and drink “mid-terms.”

Every move Ohaha makes has one end in mind-—t-o-t-a-l c-o-n-t-r-o-l.


13 posted on 02/22/2013 6:16:19 AM PST by Liz
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To: SoFloFreeper
Is Obama overplaying sequester hand?

Apparently not.

He came up with the idea, got Congress to approve it in the last session.

Now that may actually happen, he is blaming it on the GOP's in Congress -- and he is getting away with it.

The GOP don't seem to have a counter, don't seem to have a message, don't seem to have a leg to stand on, as they are getting blamed and taking the fall.
14 posted on 02/22/2013 6:23:57 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: SoFloFreeper
For Obama, the campaign never ends. Even when there is nothing to campaign for, the campaign never ends. Obama can't run again but that hasn’t stopped him from campaigning. So it begs the question: Will he ever govern? My guess is no. By campaigning(bashing republicans and blaming Bush for whatever is wrong) he avoids being responsibility for anything.
15 posted on 02/22/2013 6:34:13 AM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: ClearCase_guy

You may be right, I have often wondered WHO hates the GOP more: Obama or the average “outraged” poster on Free Republic. With both sides hating Republicans instead of encouraging them, Obama is GUARANTEED to win.


16 posted on 02/22/2013 6:35:41 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
This kind of talk plays well with his (Boehner's) members, most of whom represent districts where they worry most about Republican primary challenges.

These are the CONSERVATIVE House Districts, whose Washington elite Representatives are concerned they might lose power to a Tea Party or actual conservative candidate. They have to maintain the facade of opposition to Big Government.

17 posted on 02/22/2013 6:36:48 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: TomGuy
The GOP don't seem to have a counter, don't seem to have a message, don't seem to have a leg to stand on, as they are getting blamed and taking the fall.

Of course they do, they have documents, they have video and audio recordings of his own words daring them to change it.

What they don't have is:

...a clue.

18 posted on 02/22/2013 6:37:29 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

You may be right, I have often wondered WHO hates the GOP more: Obama or the average “outraged” poster on Free Republic. With both sides hating Republicans instead of encouraging them, Obama is GUARANTEED to win.


19 posted on 02/22/2013 6:37:42 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Cyclone59
A real third party is needed

Right, there are already over 50 "third parties".

You get that done and get back to us.

20 posted on 02/22/2013 6:42:03 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: TomGuy
Is Obama overplaying sequester hand?

Apparently not.

He came up with the idea, got Congress to approve it in the last session.

Now that may actually happen, he is blaming it on the GOP's in Congress -- and he is getting away with it.

The GOP don't seem to have a counter, don't seem to have a message, don't seem to have a leg to stand on, as they are getting blamed and taking the fall.

You are absolutely correct. A few minutes ago, I said the following on another thread: Every Republican lawmaker, in every public statement, interview, etc., needs to start referring to this not simply as “Sequester”, but as “The Obama Sequester.” Obama acts as though he is simply a spectator in all of this, standing on the sidelines, with no ability to do anything about the situation. Thanks to his friends in the media, he’s getting away with it, with the public thinking it’s entirely the fault of the mean, evil Republicans. Obama is the President of the United States, the most powerful figure in our government - not some helpless spectator. The Republicans need to get the message out that the buck stops with Obama, not with them. It’s the “Obama Sequester.”

21 posted on 02/22/2013 7:00:41 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Good point! Thank you for the correction.
I should have said a REAL Third Party in which dominates the spectrum of 80% of Americans. I am a beleiver that 10% on either side is fringe and get all the attention while the remaining 80% consists of real, hard-working people, who are without real representation.


22 posted on 02/22/2013 7:03:26 AM PST by Cyclone59 (Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
I certainly wish we would STOP listening to the media....OF COURSE the media is going to take the Democrat view of the negotiations....and there is some truth to the notion that Republicans have poor communication skills. But consider: the media, on the whole, ISN'T INTERESTED in presenting truth.

But let us not be too harsh on the GOP, especially since so far they ARE holding the line. How many news outlets are reporting this truth:

The Republicans have TWICE PASSED TARGETED CUTS to avoid these "meat cleaver" actions. The Democrat MORONS in the Senate have refused to VOTE on these measures.

The Senate and the ass in the Oval Office are to blame for the gridlock. Republicans HAVE taken action.

23 posted on 02/22/2013 7:16:22 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: ClearCase_guy

Barky will be declared the winner by the media, but will come out the net loser IF ( I can’t believe I am saying this ) the republicans stay firm on the sequester.

Republicans can’t go much lower in public approval. They may even earn some grudging respect if they stand firm.

Barky may get a pyrrhic victory, but his voters will be crestfallen at the widening cracks in his seemingly state of omnipotence.


24 posted on 02/22/2013 7:41:24 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: SoFloFreeper

YES YES YES you are absolutely right, but even some female correspondent on Fox News - J.B somebody - acknowledged that the republicans have twice passed targeted cuts BUT rather than holding Barky to blame, she wants the pubs to JUST TRY one more time.

You can NEVER EVER win with these people.


25 posted on 02/22/2013 7:50:56 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: ClearCase_guy
he wants to weaken Defense, and he has found a way to do that and blame us. He has every reason to feel very confident here.

Don't think so. 40% of the sequester is non-defense...we never hear about that because the Dem/MSM axis tries to pump the defense angle to pressure the GOP into backing down.

Now, everyone knows defense is making most of the sacrifice (and some think all because of the headlines). Hereafter, the GOP can now make a case for something else to be cut in future aka entitlements.

26 posted on 02/22/2013 7:53:43 AM PST by what's up
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To: what's up
Hereafter, the GOP can now make a case for something else to be cut

I won't hold my breath.

27 posted on 02/22/2013 7:56:20 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Whether Obama’s demogoguery can defeat the argument remains to be seen, but in general that is a logical argument for the right going forward.


28 posted on 02/22/2013 8:08:24 AM PST by what's up
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To: what's up

The community organizer has bull sh%t his way into the presidency and now he thinks he can do the same with the sequester issue.

He is a “campainer” not a problem solver. Hopefully, he has reached his brick wall with this one and gets what he deserves. Unfortunately with all the lies he is spreading minute to minute, once again his camaigner style will get his message to those who think he is God himself.


29 posted on 02/22/2013 8:18:36 AM PST by Progov
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To: Liz; Impy; SoFloFreeper; stephenjohnbanker; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; Gilbo_3; NFHale; ...
RE :”The Dem/Obamanations are driven-—as all tyrants are-—by their obsessive need to exert absolute control.
They need to get back the House majority-—so they can run rampant over the citizenry.
The Dem/Obamanations eat, sleep and drink “mid-terms.”
Every move Ohaha makes has one end in mind-—t-o-t-a-l c-o-n-t-r-o-l.”

As impy pointed out he wont get the house back anytime soon. But he would like to pick up more seats in the Senate in 2014 by forcing GOP Senators to vote against popular (from polling) stuff like ‘background checks’ and ‘closing wealthy loopholes to save the troops and the teachers’. "Gabby deserves a vote"

Too bad we dont have a side who actually wants to beat Dems in elections anymore.

Obama’s long string of victories the past two years (since the GOP took the House) and his ability to get public opinion behind him on every fight that he had decided to take a stand on, has blown his already huge ego up even bigger like the size of a major city.

It is nice to see some in the MSM tiring of the ‘Obama run around and campaign and blame the GOP for everything again until they cave’ game repeated again and again.

30 posted on 02/22/2013 8:18:58 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: sickoflibs
what campaign, exactly, is bambam workin on ???

rin-o-ps are soon to be shown as fully complicit in this kabuki...

31 posted on 02/22/2013 9:46:52 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Gilbo_3
RE :”what campaign, exactly, is bambam workin on ???
rin-o-ps are soon to be shown as fully complicit in this kabuki... “

on #2: That is part of why they are getting blamed, on q1 : the 2014 campaign I assume.

In 2011 Boner said “I got 98% of what I wanted in this deal” (in sequester bill)
Now he says “The whole thing was the President’s idea”

I guess the sequester was that 2%.

So when do they cave again?

32 posted on 02/22/2013 10:04:24 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: sickoflibs

The Obamanations KNOW they can’t win the House-—but they’re probably raising millions w/ lies——saying that they CAN.


33 posted on 02/22/2013 1:40:47 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
RE :”The Obamanations KNOW they can’t win the House-—but they’re probably raising millions w/ lies——saying that they CAN.”

as Rove did last year....Rove humiliated himself election night when he had a fit over FNC calling OH for O, on camera.

Yet they fired Dick Morris (who was equally wrong as Rove) and kept Rove.

I think Rove does a better job of sounding serious and sounding analytical on TV than Dick Morris does.
Morris sounds like used car salesman on TV really sleazy.

34 posted on 02/22/2013 2:23:08 PM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
that Republicans have poor communication skills.

They need to forget about the "media" and make massive ad buys on all local cable stations whenever messaging needs to occur.

While they're at it, they should explain to the public why they have to do it this way, and completely discredit the network "news" organizations and newspapers.

35 posted on 02/22/2013 6:12:31 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: sickoflibs

Fox’s first wave included axing Morris AND Rove-—but I guess Kystal and the pukeneos were miffed-—so they pulled strings to get Rove back.

Has also been reported that his agitated donors were asking what Rove did w/ the $300 million he raised.


36 posted on 02/23/2013 5:36:29 AM PST by Liz
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