March 9, 2013
HOW DEEP IN THE BELTWAY DO YOU HAVE TO BE...:
Obama flails as Republicans stand firm on sequester (Michael Barone, 3/09/13, The Washington Examiner)
...to think America would even notice the cuts? Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2013 8:55 PM[T]he Republicans didn't deal. They decided to take the sequester cuts and make them the basis for a continuing resolution funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year.Obama responded by threatening all sorts of dire consequences -- Head Start kids left out in the snow, airline security lines as far as the eye can see.Republicans would take the blame, the Obama folks believed. Polls showed they were far less popular than the president.Then on Tuesday it was announced that White House tours were cancelled. The sequester meant there wasn't enough money to host those kids from Waverly, Iowa.Suddenly it became apparent that it was Obama's poll numbers that were falling. Not to the level of congressional Republicans' admittedly dreadful numbers. But enough that the Quinnipiac poll -- whose 2012 numbers tilted a bit toward Democrats -- showed him with only 45 percent approval and 46 percent disapproval.