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February 26, 2013


Who Will Voters Blame?

Charlie Cook: "Now that budget sequestration seems inevitable, the remaining question is, who gets hurt? The White House and Democrats seem supremely confident that the public will cast blame on congressional Republicans. To be sure, the GOP, in its weakened condition, is blamed for virtually everything short of the weather and the flu..."

"Having said that, assuming that sequestration kicks in, with $85 billion in mandatory budget cuts pretty much across the board--exempting only Social Security, Medicaid, and, to a lesser extent, Medicare, and disproportionately hitting defense--many Americans will begin to feel some inconvenience after a few days, and a few will feel real pain. It's only when, or if, it persists for a week or more and affects more people that impatience and annoyance will turn into anger, then rage. At that point, it becomes difficult to know whether voters will still vent these emotions exclusively at Republicans."












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