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March 4, 2013 - 10:55 am

That’s what Dan Mitchell argues today:

[President Obama] miscalculated in thinking that the fiscal cliff tax hike somehow meant that he had permanently neutered the GOP, and he definitely goofed when he tried to use the sequester as a weapon to bully Republicans into another tax hike.

Ignoring the President’s hyperbole about the supposed catastrophic effects of a very modest reduction in the growth of the federal budget, Republicans have held firm.

And the President has suffered a painful political and policy defeat.

That’s chicken in the bush or a bird in the egg or something that I’m not yet ready to count.

The White House still has plenty of tools at its disposal to paint the GOP as the bad guys in the sequester, and Complicit Media to help every step of the way. Hungry school kids, frustrated travelers, laid-off janitors — the Tear Factory is just getting warmed up.

It worked for Clinton in ’95, and might well work for Obama.

The bad news for House Republicans is that in John Boehner, their leader, lacks the strategic vision of New Gingrich. The good news for Republicans is that in John Boehner, their leader, lacks the overreaching ego of Newt Gingrich.

That might end up being just the balance the party needs to hold on during what’s sure to be a long, bitter, and unfair fight.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Setback? I think not. The imaginarium will just pop out a new theme and the budget will be forgotten. I think that Øbama has studied the modern culture's attention span and they have got it figured out to the exact number of days that they should hang on to an issue. As soon as the low-information (i.e. stupid-ignorant) public has had a few days with one issue, it's on to the next issue. Race-fracking-global warming-Israel-unemployment-Iran... Images will just keep coming and going for the next 4 years. We live in an amputated present tense disjointed from yesterday and tomorrow.
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If only minions were all we had to worry about. He's also got (in alphabetical order) backscratchers, bootlickers, brown-nosers, courtiers, fawners, flatterers, flunkies, groupies, lackeys, lickspittles, parasites, puppets, stooges, sycophants, toadies, and yes-men. Plus I've heard rumors that he's got an amanuensis AND a factotum.
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Actually, I suspect that Obama has suffered a major setback, but not because of the sequester per se as much as I think the Legacy media has started to realize he's had them in the position of the battered wife -- all of them have been abused and insulted, but they keep going back to him 'cause they just loves him so much.

Eventually, though, the bruises start to show, and when Woodward comes out and says "Obama is lying" it gives them some hope.
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My goodness. Here it is, March 5, 2013, 8:01 PST and the Dow/Jones just set a new record high. I thought sequestration was supposed to be "castration" of the economy. You don't suppose "obi-i-won" was trying to put one over on us? I realize the stock market doesn't necessarily reflect the true health of the economy but someone (quite a few, actually), somewhere (Wall Street?) seems to think sequestration isn't going to destroy the country. Maybe these enforced cuts will have a positive effect on the private sector for once. Obi-i-won made sure sequestration doesn't affect his secret service detail.
1 year ago
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The smart money knows catastrophe is on the way. They play the game, hoping to be the first one out before the crash.
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Obama was for the sequester before he was against it. Now, if the sequester works (i.e. the sky doesn't fall & we see improvement in the economy) bet the farm he'll be taking every ounce of credit for it he can, which, in turn, will enable him to continue the class warfare, wealth redistribution & transformation [for the worse] of America.
1 year ago
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This will be a setback for Obama only if voters are less clueless than before.
1 year ago
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NPR was pushing the USDA food inspectors and the closing of food processing plants, as fear mongering tool of the day, today.

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"The bad news for House Republicans is that in John Boehner, their leader, lacks the strategic vision of New Gingrich. The good news for Republicans is that in John Boehner, their leader, lacks the overreaching ego of Newt Gingrich."

What? Care to elaborate, Stephan? Geez.
1 year ago
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The sequester is already being felt in my border town. The majority of the young families are either Border Patrol or welfare.
The BP has taken a 40% cut in pay and they are not only being held to a strict 8 hour day, but the 8 hours includes time to get from the field and back to the station. The next shift cannot leave before the previous returns.
Since some parts of the border cannot be reached in under an hour and a half (27 miles of winding caliche road, even in 4 wheel drive, is a slow crawl) this means that a potential 3 hour gap in coverage.
The coyotes know the schedule all too well. You can picture not only the effect on morale but the end result also.
Give O time and he will make us all pay for thwarting his royal will.
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Well Pecos, if paying all those BP agents to be on the job had actually kept illegals out of the country, I might shed a tear. But since we've been overrun with millions of illegals while we were paying your BP neighbors full salary, I'm not too worried about cutting their hours. I don't blame them, I'm sure they did their best, but the system doesn't work and their salaries ultimately were just part of a sham.

It's that way for most government employees. Even if they're working hard and dutifully, they're not actually accomplishing much worthwhile.
1 year ago
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People sneaking across to go on welfare is not what we worry about down here. it is headlines like these:

Sangre Zeta and Other New Groups Complicate Drug War

Zetas Decapitate "El Diablo's" Mother, Brother, Sister and Sister In Law

Acuña Heats Up as 10 killed in 2 Days, Another .50...

Armed suspects spring 12 from prison in Tamaulipas...

Narco Weapon Progression: Sicarios Use .50 Calibe...

Jihadists and Latin American drug traffickers merg...

Doctors under fire in Tamaulipas and Coahuila

But the MSM does not cover stories like these. According to Obama. our border is secure.
1 year ago
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Right, and all those headlines are from before the sequester. Full salaries weren't helping, eh?
1 year ago
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Setback? I think not. The imaginarium will just pop out a new theme and the budget will be forgotten. I think that Øbama has studied the modern culture's attention span and they have got it figured out to the exact number of days that they should hang on to an issue. As soon as the low-information (i.e. stupid-ignorant) public has had a few days with one issue, it's on to the next issue. Race-fracking-global warming-Israel-unemployment-Iran... Images will just keep coming and going for the next 4 years. We live in an amputated present tense disjointed from yesterday and tomorrow.
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You're assigning mythical power to these morons in the administration ... they've turned the wrecking ball upon themselves.
1 year ago
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Sometimes the slow drip, drip, drip of information has a way of eroding a solid base. Maybe the slow drip, drip, drip of his sycophants in the media finally making the occasional revelation that Obama is lying about something, the public just may wake up.

But as someone has already posted, the people of Russia under Communist rule knew they were being suppressed but they still supported the government because it was all they knew at the time. Even today, there are millions of Russians who long for the "good ol' days" of communism, expecially the ones who were fed well at the government trough.
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Well, will they sequester away TSA grope-a-thons? I'm seeing an upside.

Or, say deciding they can't afford to pay nuisance lawsuits? Like, the EPA had best not "lose" another case to the Sierra Club, or else it's their job?

I mean, might as well dream big, right?
1 year ago
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Now would be a terrific opportunity for the GOP to roll the dice a bit and articulate a message that basically says," folks, you see that these reductions which are nothing more than reductions in baseline increases,did not produce the catastrophe predicted by the president and his party. The president has wide discretion to take this 2.5% of total government spending and apply it to any of thousands of federal agencies that have been created and duplicated over the past 30 years. We can make further reductions and apply them to even more redundant agencies and make an attempt to better secure the future for our children." Boehner and McConnell can both make this statement......but they probably will get before the TV cameras and say, " M'wom, M'wom, M'wom, M'wom, like they always do.
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