Rather than seethe over President Obama’s ongoing sequester-related demagoguery, Crossroads GPS has produced a web ad that duly notes that the cuts were Obama’s idea to begin with, and pokes fun at his apocalyptic scare-tactics:
I especially enjoyed the audio clip at the tail end in which Obama laments the exhausting merry-go-round of “manufactured” crises, for which his party is almost exclusively responsible. And how does the president behave during these standoffs? New York Times columnist David Brooks — a long-time admirer of Obama’s, all the way down to his sartorial elegance — identifies a pattern of behavior:
Under the Permanent Campaign Shimmy, the president identifies a problem. Then he declines to come up with a proposal to address the problem. Then he comes up with a vague-but-politically-convenient concept that doesn’t address the problem (let’s raise taxes on the rich). Then he goes around the country blasting the opposition for not having as politically popular a concept. Then he returns to Washington and congratulates himself for being the only serious and substantive person in town. Sequestration allows the White House to do this all over again. The president hasn’t actually come up with a proposal to avert sequestration, let alone one that is politically plausible.