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Which Party Really Owns the Sequester?

How much political pressure will your party face to lessen the impact of the sequester if it goes into effect?


A great deal: 35%
Some: 48%
Not very much: 17%


A great deal

“No one is going to be happy if this economy goes in the other direction.”

“This time they will say a pox on all your houses.… Everyone is simply tired of game-playing.”


“Three-hour waits at airports may just do it!”

“ ‘I told you so’ will not lessen the impact. The urgency to undo its impact will be shared and will become more acute with each passing day.”

“When they storm the castle, everyone inside gets burned.”

“We’ve spent too much time crying about the sky to let it fall entirely.”



“The public knows the sequester is the result of GOP intransigence.”

“The president has played this one right, trotting out the ‘Washington Monument strategy’ early and often.”

“Some at the beginning. As the effects become more evident (long lines, etc.), the pressure will build.”

“The most damaging thing is the fatigue from emergencies—deadens the senses to logic.”

“Most of the country will not feel the effect in any way.”

Not very much

“The GOP owns it. Now it stands for ‘Gut Our Programs.’ ”

“People prefer the sequester to either party’s plan.”

“Things could always be different this time, but from the perspective of a lot of voters, this is another in an ongoing series of cry-wolf stories.”

“If the overall situation isn’t resolved relatively quickly, a fickle general public will begin to take it out on both parties, including Obama.”


How much political pressure will your party face to lessen the impact of the sequester if it goes into effect?


A great deal: 20%
Some: 50%
Not very much: 30%

A great deal

“Pressure will be high on everyone. But it’s the president’s sequester. The House has passed spending cuts. Ultimately, [it’s] on Obama to get everyone to the table and get a deal.”

“I know we have many younger members, and a ton from a tea-party background. But is the memory of 1995 really so distant that people forget the hammering we took?”


“The administration is crying wolf about the domestic consequences of the sequester, but the impact on the military is very serious.”

“If there is a pothole in Pittsburgh or a traffic light out in Topeka, it will be blamed on the sequester.”

“The rhetorical tide may be turning a bit for the GOP. The administration may have overplayed the ‘fear’ card.”

“The only pressure will come from the other party. There will be pressure from the business community as well, but the world of politics has been ignoring that for months. We need pressure from the voters to change the game.”

“If Republicans can’t explain that $85 billion in reasonable cuts are possible in a $3.8 trillion budget, they should go home.”

“President Obama’s scare-a-thon is losing credibility. If the sequester causes real pain, regular voters will blame both sides.”

“It’s not how much but from where the pressure springs. As long as it is core D constituencies, all but a few Rs will disregard.”

Not very much

“As Paul Ryan said last year about entitlement reform, ‘We need this fight. We want this fight.’ ”

“Starting Friday, the president’s credibility will be in question.”

“The GOP base is rooting for it to go into effect. The fact is, no one outside of Washington is buying the sky-is-falling rhetoric coming out of D.C.”

“Our guys in solid House districts will feel no pressure at all.”


Is the tea-party movement beneficial to your party?


Yes: 91%
No: 5%
Neutral: 4%


“As a Democrat? Hell, yes.”

“They are contributing mightily to the negative image of the Republican Party.”

“Yes. The tea party is the reason Democrats kept control of the Senate in 2010 and 2012. Let’s bring ’em on in 2014.”

“Crazy opponents are always valuable.”

“The tea party is a joke these days, with little broad-based popular support. The more they talk, the more they help Democrats.”

“Provided we finally figure out how to play this, which we seem to be doing. Americans want solutions, they want progress, they want compromise, they dislike extremism.”

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