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February 19, 2013


Has GOP Fallen Into Obama's Trap on Budget Cuts?

Andrew Sullivan says Republicans will suffer politically if the sequestration cuts go into effect on March 1.

"I believe that is indeed Obama's long game here. The precedent is the Gingrich government shutdown, which stopped his revolution in its tracks and gave Bill Clinton new political life. When cops are furloughed, when scientists complain about research cuts, when the military-industrial complex revs up its lobbying engines, I just don't see how the sequester works politically for the GOP. It exists entirely because of their fixation on immediate austerity - despite the awful consequences that policy option has spawned in Europe."

The Fix: "When people start paying attention to the sequester, President Obama wants to make sure that he has the political high ground in the blame game."












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