It’s difficult to judge either the sincerity of the effort or its likely success. Obama had spent the preceding two weeks savaging Republicans for, in his view, irresponsibility causing a host of calamities to the U.S. government and the economy. The dinner was clearly a result of the underwhelming reviews his sequester roadshow collected, accompanied by downward movement in his approval polls.
- Obama’s Job Approval Takes Brief Hit From Budget Sequester, Gallup
- As Sequestration Starts, Americans Unsure of Consequences, Gallup
The White House strategy was mostly clearly articulated by Ryan Lizza, the liberal New Yorker columnist, who points out that Obama’s team believes only with government unified by one party’s control, like Obama’s first two years, is it likely to pass his legislation agenda? Governing and especially moving legislation in a divided government is inversely related to campaigning, and this White House looks more oriented to Chicago than D.C.
Why the presidents sequester strategy failed to lift off
Risk of permanent campaign
Are the 2014 congressional elections being decided this week?