U.S. President Barack Obama - 2013 Presidential Inauguration Day (Photo credit: Glyn Lowe Photoworks)
By J.T. Young
Did the Administration disastrously over-reach by trying so hard to stop the Sequester? Obama’s recent spate of make-nice moments with Republicans could be interpreted that he thinks so. However, more important is the growing evidence outside the Administration – evidence that this over-reach threatens to undermine Obama’s second term just as it begins.
Obama started his sequestrationoffensive during October’s presidential debates, when he tried to pin its origins and fallout on Republicans. While facts failed to support the first assertion, the Administration ramped up its effort on the second – painting Republicans as preferring sequestration to tax hikes on the wealthy. Following its campaign playbook, the White House took this effort public for weeks.