I was listening to Ashbrook's On Point the other day and I heard this reporter from Politico state something about Obama/the sequester/as Woodward wrote; and I thought it odd. But a quick internet search took me right to the RW echo chamber:
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government ... t-Shutdown
Politico reported that, "President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are eager to tag the GOP as the root cause of Washington dysfunction." Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward told the publication that Democrats are planning to highlight “the inability of Republicans to actually govern" and make that into a central "narrative" going into the 2014 midterm elections.
Even though the sequester idea originated in the White House, as Bob Woodward documented, Obama and Democrats tried to blame Republicans for the calamity that it would cause. Those tactics largely backfired, as a majority of Americans favored the across-the-board budget cuts.
Yet House Republicans and their advisers still remain fearful of Democrats and their tactics that have just recently failed, believing that a government shutdown over de-funding Obamacare or budget cuts would lose Republicans the House.
So I took a look at On Point's line up that day:
Ginger Gibson, congressional Reporter for POLITICO. (@GingerGibson)
Rep. Tom Cole, Republican Congressman for Oklahoma’s 4th congressional district (since 2003), member of the Committee of Appropriations and the Committee on the Budget, Deputy Majority Whip, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 2006 to 2008. (@tomcoleok04)
Romina Boccia, fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation. (@RominaBoccia)
Rep. Nita Lowey, Democratic Congresswoman for New York’s 17th congressional district (since 1988), ranking democratic member of the Committee of Appropriations, chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2001-2002. (@NitaLowey)
I still think something smells about this narrative attempt.
I also believe, no matter which way you lean,
It is going to take a lot of time and effort to sort out.
If at all.