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Carville: ‘Cruel’ Sequester Must Be A GOP Idea

Meanwhile, we have this from the Politico:

James Carville: Sequestration sounds ‘cruel’

By KEVIN ROBILLARD | February 21, 2013

Democrats have an inherent advantage in the ongoing debate over the sequester, according to James Carville.

“The sequester has an advantage, and this is kind of cruel to Republicans, but it’s true,” Carville said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The sequester, not many people know what it is, but it sounds stupid and cruel. Therefore people think it’s a Republican thing.” …

And Carville’s point is demonstrated perfectly by the last Pew Poll, as reported by the New York Times:

New Poll Shows Obama in Strong Position on Spending Cuts

By MEGAN THEE-BRENAN | February 21, 2013

A new poll released Thursday suggests that after the last few years of repeated financial crises and wrangling between Congressional Republicans and the president, Americans may be increasingly inured to threats of economic doomsday.

Doesn’t this lead sentence undercut the article’s headline?

With just one week to go before across-the-board spending cuts begin to take effect and a seeming impasse between President Obama and House Republicans, 49 percent say the automatic cuts should be delayed if no deal is struck by the deadline, but a full 40 percent say it would be preferable to let the cuts go into effect, according to the Pew/USA Today survey…

The weary public is not paying much attention to the issue as a plurality of Americans say they have heard “a little” about the so-called sequester on March 1, and about 3 in 10 each say they have heard nothing at all or a lot.

There still is nothing about the sequester at TMZ.

But this is what comes of having a one party news media, and a one party education system, and a one party entertainment industry. They have drilled the evilness of Republicans into the heads of generations of people to the point now that it is just a knee jerk reflex to blame the Republicans for everything and anything.

Even if they don’t know what it is.

Looking at the big picture, the public continues to support a combination of tax increases and spending cuts as a means to cutting the deficit, and 7 in 10, including wide majorities across party lines, agree that it is essential for the president to enact major deficit legislation this year.

Fine. We have already had the tax increases. Let’s have the spending cuts.

Americans continue to view Congressional Republicans much more negatively than the president, and 49 percent say will they blame Republicans if a deal is not reached in time to avoid the sequester. Thirty-one percent say they will blame Mr. Obama.

Only because the news media and our education system have told them for years that the Republicans are always at fault. Even if they aren’t quite sure about what.

Mr. Obama’s approval rating stands at 51 percent while Republican Congressional leaders are holding steady at 25 percent. Yet, just 34 percent of Americans approve of Mr. Obama’s handling of the federal budget deficit. But he continues to hold a slight edge on the issue as the public prefers his approach on the deficit over that of the Republicans in Congress by 45 percent to 38 percent…

However, things might not be quite as bleak as they seem. For what it’s worth, the Pew poll oversampled Democrats by 10%. (Dem/Rep/Ind = 32/22/41%.) And yet only 49 percent say the automatic cuts should be delayed if no deal is struck by the deadline. And only 45 percent prefer Obama’s handling of the deficit, to 38 percent who disapprove.

If you take out the oversampling (Democrats only had a 4% advantage in the elections) exactly who gets the blame here could be much closer. In fact, the Republicans should maybe start worrying about not getting the proper credit for actually forcing through spending.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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