Re: The President is scrambling for a deal...........as approval tumbles
posted at 3/6/2013 8:53 AM EST
Ah now the cring wolf concerns come out while Wall Street endorses the sequester or cutting the deficit without tax increases with record numbers at the end of the day. Did the WH messaging team blow it by only listening in their own echo chamber like they ddi on the Stimulus and ACA. More political capitial down the toilet. Now Dems worry: Did President Obama cry wolf?
Obama and his team have pulled back from their initial strategy.
By GLENN THRUSH and CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN | 3/6/13 4:36 AM EST
President Barack Obama hopes to spark a pitchfork revolt against Republicans over sequester-induced budget cuts but many Democrats fret that he's undermined that effort with an early strategy marred by hype, poor planning and muddled messaging.
The stakes in the sequester debate aren't quite as high as they were during the debt ceiling battle of 2011, but Democratic veterans of the Obama-Republican wars of 2009 and 2010 are getting a creepy sense of déjà vu from a White House messaging shop they believe fumbled the rollouts of the stimulus and health care initiatives.
Over the past few days, Obama and his team have pulled back from a kick-off strategy that portrayed the $84 billion in automatic cuts this year as a parade of instant horrors â hellish waits at airports, a quick cascade of private job losses resulting from voided federal contracts, teachers immediately sacked.
That's part of a recalibration, according to one Obama insider, intended to take the focus off the veracity of the administration's claims and back on congressional Republicans who have refused to give ground on new tax revenue demanded by Obama as a condition of any long-term budget deal.
"I think they probably went over the top in terms of saying that the consequences were going to be horrible, especially because its happened and the lines in the airports arent long, the world hasnât changed overnight," says former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, an on-again, off-again Obama critic who supports the broad outlines of Obamaâs $4 trillion âgrand bargainâ proposal.
Obamaâs team likes to cite polls showing three-quarters of respondents backing his hybrid of cuts and tax hikes, and they tout the presidentâs solid personal approval ratings, still in the 50s despite recent signs of slippage.
But the long-term impact of the fight remains ambiguous. A CBS poll released on Monday found that 38 percent of those polled blame the sequester stalemate on congressional Republicans. But 33 percent blame Obama, a gap wide enough to preserve the president's public standing, but probably not big enough to create the tidal wave of public opinion needed to drive the GOP back to the bargaining table.
One senior Republican aide joked that Obama's hope that constituents will force congressional conservatives to act is doomed because "our approval rating is already like 8 percent on a good day. He's going to drive it down to 6? Big deal."
Oh just one more tib bit..........as reported in Politico
WH is canceling tours to save on Secret Service furloghs,.............really wouldn't one consider the Secret Service an essential service and not part of the sequester. I'm sure the WH securtiy are always there, but now a golf outing must add an inordinate amount of agents in the field. Obama should learn to live like most americans when the budget is tight, they give up the luxuries like golf, but the still have the family come by the house.