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According to the Republican National Committee's latest web video, President Obama has flip-flopped on the sequester, going from full support in November 2011 to complete opposition in February 2013:

That, of course, is a lie. In November 2011, President Obama's position was that the only way to avoid the sequester was for Congress to replace it with a balanced deficit reduction plan that included both spending cuts and revenue increases. The president has got the same exact position today. The only thing that has changed is that the president is willing to replace the sequester in installments—as long as those installments are balanced.

But the RNC's video completely ignores all of that. The President Obama that you see in the video threatens to veto any effort to avoid sequestration, even though he plainly said in the very next breath that he wanted to replace the sequester with a balanced deficit reduction deal including spending cuts and revenue increases. But that didn't suit the GOP message, so they simply created their own reality by splicing and dicing the video.

The strange thing about this is that anybody who knows anything about the sequester understands that President Obama hoped to use it as a tool to achieve a Grand Bargain. Whatever you think about that strategy, he's never wanted the sequester cuts to happen. Cropping the video as they did is nothing short of a flagrant lie.

Obviously, the strategy behind the video is to give Republicans cover for supporting moving forward with the sequester. They don't want to get blamed—and yet they are already losing the blame game. There are honest ways that they could have done that, but this video isn't one of them.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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