Top Links: GOP may have picked the wrong fight with Obama over sequester cuts

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While President Obama is making his sequester case on the road, House Speaker John Boehner  went to the Wall Street Journal.
While President Obama is making his sequester case on the road, House Speaker John Boehner went to the Wall Street Journal.
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Top story: Republicans think they can lay the blame for the effects of the sequester cuts on the president. They’re forgetting that, of the two, he’s the popular one.

  • President Obama is taking his full-court press on the sequester cuts to local media. (The Hill)
  • A simple, concise explanation for why it behooves Republicans to not fight President Obama over the sequester cuts. (Hint: it has to do with popularity) (The Fix)
  • Letting the sequester cuts take effect could take away 700,000 jobs from the economy. (Think Progress)
  • “But even if March 1 arrives without a deal to avert the cuts, it may be some time before many take effect. White House officials have said that the planned cuts would take $85 billion out of the budget this year. But the actual impact of cuts felt this year might be only about half that much, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated in a recent blog post.” (The New York Times)
  • John Boehner takes his “get serious” act on the sequester to conservatives’ favorite Op/Ed page: (The Wall Street Journal)
  • And the White House responds. (The White House)
  • Counting sequester and the upcoming possible government shutdown, “We’re now on our 5th & 6th fiscal standoffs since ‘11. What happens if the sequester sky doesn’t fall?” (Mark Murray)
  • This all happens as Newt Gingrich takes a piece out of Karl Rove and Rove’s attempt to prevent “stupid” candidates: “The system of Tammany Hall and the Chicago machine. It should be repugnant to every conservative and every Republican.” (Human Events)
  • However, Gingrich has worse things to say about Romney 2012 campaign advisor Stuart Stevens: “it seems he is indifferent to the facts and has no sense of responsibility for a presidential campaign that he dominated.” (Human Events)

Top Links: GOP may have picked the wrong fight with Obama over sequester cuts

Updated