Gosh, I hate to be cynical. But, working in Washington, it’s just hard to avoid.
We are about to get sequestered right over the head because that’s how Obama wants it. Despite all the nonsense, despite all the displays of nightmare scenarios, the sequester is exactly what Obama seeks.
Once the sequester begins, get ready for the drip, drip, drip of Horrible Things. Each of the Horrible Things that happen as a result of the sequester will be trumpeted by the White House like a lion announcing another kill.
And with each glorious new tragedy, the White House will be able to increase pressure on Republicans to raise taxes. Obama’s hope is that as the public pressure to do something grows and Republicans become increasingly mortified, he’ll get an even larger tax hike out of them than he would if they caved today.
And then there’s the joy of pounding the GOP, a gleeful task that will be refreshingly reenacted every day. Obama can choose a different room for each Horrible Thing he announces – one for the East Room, one for the State Dining Room, one for the Green Room, and so on.
But apart from the fun, there will be serious work getting done. Because every day that Republicans are demonized is a good day for Democrats and a bad day for the GOP brand, which Obama wants to make mincemeat of by Election Day 2014, when he hopes to claim the House from them.
So get ready for much sequester fanfare at the White House. Come one, come all – step right this way: Witness the Parade of Crocodile Tears, the Greatest Show of Outrage on Earth, and sublime displays of tragic acting.
The stage is all set for one of Obama’s best performances yet.