At CPAC, Sen. Ted Cruz noted that conservatives have been “winning” lately, citing the sequestration cuts as a victory for the House GOP. The White House (with NPR’s help) had tried to paint the cuts as disastrous and pin them on the Republicans, despite the fact that the sequester was the president’s idea. Then, sequestration took effect, and it didn’t quite have the apocalyptic meteor-strike effect that many had been led to expect.
Don’t get cocky, though, Sen. Cruz. The first act in Sequester Theater, in which the White House closed its doors to public tours, was a public relations disaster for Obama, but Republicans are in for a beating when the real cuts start rolling in. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent has compiled a list of headlines warning of the “real damage” on the horizon.
Striking news headlines from around the country show sequester is beginning to do real damage: http://t.co/iJtqdHxzQO
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) March 21, 2013
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) March 21, 2013
That’s right: the Sioux City Journal reports that “furloughs could lead to bootleg meat.” Iowa’s in for double the pain, as the Des Moines Register reports that “Federal budget cuts creep into Iowa.” How’s that for a striking headline?
Huffington Post’s Sam Stein had his own striking headline to add young human faces to the equation: “Head Start Programs Gutted By Sequestration Cuts.” And by gutted, he means, “a Head Start program near Fayetteville, Ark., has decided to take the dramatic step of closing its classrooms for the summer 13 days earlier than planned.” That’s only one instance, though, and if you do the math — multiply programs, days, children, etc. — and you’ll end up with a pretty big number. But “gutted”?
You get that folks? The Democrats WANT the #Sequester to be "bad". They want pain. Not sensible cuts. Not responsibility.
— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) March 21, 2013
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s not giving up yet.
Sequester effects: GOP leaders very upset re canceled WH tours, silent on furloughed air traffic controllers & kids thrown off Head Start
— Josh Earnest (@PressSec) March 21, 2013
.@PressSec You choose what to cut. Nobody is buying the scare tactics anymore.
— AG (@AG_Conservative) March 21, 2013
@PressSec But we are not silent on Duck genitalia studies that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and boondoggle solar energy investments
— Nels (@debitking) March 21, 2013
@AG_Conservative "I'm gettin' real sick of your shit, Carney…"
— Argle Bargle (@AblativMeatshld) March 21, 2013
@PressSec all engineered by the WhiteHouse.
— pigwithwings (@pigwithwings) March 21, 2013
— Scott (@retiredfirecapt) March 21, 2013