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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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  •  And it worked so well for the Romney campaign (12+ / 0-)

    “Th’ noise ye hear is not th’ first gun iv a revolution. It’s on’y th’ people iv the United States batin’ a carpet.” - Mr. Dooley

    by puakev on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:14:48 PM PST

  •  Good luck with that (6+ / 0-)

    America is over the edited videos of the RNC and Fox. The twisted hate isn't even making it to Facebook these days - maybe Jon Stewart will bless it with some analysis.

    Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. A. A. Milne

    by hulibow on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:26:03 PM PST

  •  like the guys in the (1+ / 0-)
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    mindara

    progressive insurance ads, these guys have "no mas pantalones." i hope they wear undies or else we will be seeing their asses.  oh wait, they are all ass.  all ass, no cattle.

  •  And their staffers are probably assigned (4+ / 0-)
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    mindara, HugoDog, rudewarrior, Eyesbright

    to respond in the comments things like "I'm an Independent Voter outraged by this hypocrisy of Obama!" although they shouldn't forget to misspell a few words so it will look legit.

  •  interesting that they would "use" woodward (1+ / 0-)
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    mindara

    ...in or out of context seeing as how Rove has now annointed "bob": "left-of-center journalist"

    woodward of course, is neither of those things

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:41:38 PM PST

    •  Sybil L, don't forget now, anything "left of" (0+ / 0-)

      Attila the Hun is "liberal," according to the coporatist MSM, LOL!

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:21:08 PM PST

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  •  this is one of the reasons for the GOPs failing (5+ / 0-)

    Kos just diaried that less than 25% consider themselves to be Republicans now. I think a big part of that is because last fall, the constant GOP lies were exposed in the light.  The internet is making it so there are fewer people out there that the GOP can con with this kind of bullshit.

    That said, politics is always going to have a some level of BS.  The problem with the GOP is they aren't just BS coated, they are solid 100% BS all the way through.

  •  "Jaws" ... classic Republican background music ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Oldestsonofasailor

    Please ....

    "The Internet is the Public Square of the 21st Century"- Sen. Al Franken

    by Kdoug on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:43:19 PM PST

    •  But you have to admit... (0+ / 0-)

      Their video editing skills are getting better...
      This one had a smooth more polished feel to it...

      Those 1 and 2 word clips they were piecing together for the Romney Campaign could have been done better by my 5 year old grandson...

      Too late though...
      The cat is out of the bag...
      If it's a Republitard Video it's a Chop Shop Video not even close to its original context...

      Maybe we should ramp up production of Chop Shop Republitard Videos...

      Oh Wait!
      Sorry... No Need!
      They do a splendid job of saying all the wrong stuff themselves, no need for editing...
      All we have to do is copy and repost the video to put it out of their ability to delete the video...

      "Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
      I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
      ~John F. Kennedy~

      -7.5,-5.8

      by Oldestsonofasailor on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:44:56 AM PST

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  •  Newsflash: The sequester is supposed to be bad. (3+ / 0-)
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    The whole point of it was to be so bad that both sides would compromise to prevent it from triggering. So if you ask me, the problem isn't the sequester (which is operating as designed), it's the idiot Republicans forgetting what they are supposed to do to prevent it from happening.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:44:35 PM PST

    •  The problem is giving crazy people hostages on (5+ / 0-)

      purpose in the hope that they'd rather let the hostages go than force the police to take them by storm.

      These dipshits had already nearly defaulted on the national debt.

      Giving them more shit to hold hostage was....let's just "ridiculous".

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:48:31 PM PST

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    •  Bingo (1+ / 0-)
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      That's the whole point! Anyone who supported the sequester did so as a mechanism that was never supposed to take effect. So it's not the idea itself that's the problem, but the fact that a certain political party refuses to compromise a whit to defuse it.

  •  If you give a drunken lunatic a loaded gun (4+ / 0-)

    in the belief that he'll give it back to you for a bottle of booze later, you're responsible if he decides to shoot people instead of making the "reasonable trade" you hoped for.

    income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

    by JesseCW on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:46:37 PM PST

  •  Boo (2+ / 0-)
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    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 president is wrong about this.  Another option for avoiding the sequester is to just not do it.  It's an artificial construct and doesn't need to be replaced with anything.  
    •  Well, it's an artifcial construct, alright, but I (0+ / 0-)

      think that it has to be legislatively "overturned," in order to replace it with another "deal."  

      Or, doesn't it?

      Mollie

      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

      "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:25:16 PM PST

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  •  The RNC Built That! (3+ / 0-)
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    Welcome To The Disinformation Age!

    by kitebro on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:52:51 PM PST

  •  Respectfully, I don't know anybody who is (1+ / 0-)
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    agonizing over the question of "which party most wanted the sequester?"

    I personally think most progressives would like to see this legislation overturned, so there's no pressure to "lurch toward" yet another ill-conceived and executed "big deal" or "Grand Bargain," in which the American People are forced to 'take a haircut.'

    If we can push through legislation to overturn the sequester, a decent deal can then be negotiated, that will help the economy, not hurt it.

    Especially, if it avoids cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  

    And we know from both the Republicans and the President's own Press Secretary, Jay Carney (see this link to the February 19 Press Briefing with Carney) that if the sequester (as it stands now) is not overturned, there will inevitably be cuts to the social safety net.

    So, let's set the record straight on the sequester, but please, let's not allow the RNC to distract us from the real battle--which is to keep Social Security and Medicare cuts, off-the-table.  This is where the focus should be, IMHO.

    And, the focus should also be on letting the White House and the Speaker know that progressives do not support these cuts.

    Mollie

    "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

    "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:59:16 PM PST

  •  if lying works so well, why change? (2+ / 0-)
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    It's frustrating to see these sociopaths doing everything but the right thing and being successful at it.

    Not successful in that their stupid ideas really work out, but successful in that they do, say and pull some of the dumbest things and stunt humans can imagine and they don't seem to lose money or their jobs; they don't seem to suffer any sort of consquences like I would experience if I lied and footdragged at my job, if I just ignored the paperwork, or took a lot of time off when we have things to do.

    it wouldn't work out for me.

    If I mixed in outright racism and class-conscious disdain for the poor, somebody would smack the shit out of me (and I would clearly deserve it). Nothing happens when they do it.

    Why should the ever even think of changing?

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 12:59:57 PM PST

  •  Why do they think (0+ / 0-)

    that doing more of the same tactics that lost them the election will win them brownie points? I find it confusing.

    "Rock is overpowered, but Paper is perfect." -Scissors

    by kamrom on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:02:50 PM PST

  •  Please Proceed, Republicans.... (4+ / 0-)

    "I got 98% of what I wanted. I'm pretty happy"
    - JOHN BOEHNER 2011

    "The Sequester represents a victory for those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy. I applaud Speaker Boehner's leadership in stopping tax increases on job creators, rejecting President Obama's demands for a blank check to keep borrowing, and advancing real spending cuts and controls."
    - PAUL RYAN 2011

    "The Sequester will finally begin to change the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars."
    - ERIC CANTOR 2011
    .

    "I'm so happy 'cause today I found my friends, they're in my head. Light my candles, in a daze 'cause I found god." - Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:03:42 PM PST

    •  So when will the Dems produce the ad that quotes (2+ / 0-)
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      They don't want to get blamed—and yet they are already losing the blame game.
      these leading Republican'ts?

      As Kos sez, when the opposition is drowning, toss 'em an anchor!

      Spot on, Jeff Y--thanks for the quotes!

      "Push the button, Max!" Jack Lemmon as Professor Fate, The Great Race

      by bartcopfan on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 02:15:22 PM PST

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  •  Still in the bevis and butthead editing binge. (0+ / 0-)

    he said 'but'

    heh heh heh.

    guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

    by 88kathy on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:06:01 PM PST

  •  When are 90% of Americans going to be irate at the (2+ / 0-)
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    GOP for being such anti-American obstructionists? These people shouldn't be anywhere near democratic government.

  •  Being a Federal Employee... (1+ / 0-)
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    I always knew that we were among the hostages that would get shot first, because we don't do real work allegedly.

  •  What? No Benghazi? (0+ / 0-)

    TRAP: Targeted Regulation of AMMUNITION Providers.

    by here4tehbeer on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:11:53 PM PST

  •  Oh my goodness! (0+ / 0-)

    Leading Republicans lied?  On the record?  But but but...

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:34:30 PM PST

  •  Liars and deceivers, all of the GOP. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, starduster

    "Really nice, but also very serious about his job." Jackie Evancho on President Obama 6/7/12

    by BarackStarObama on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:34:42 PM PST

  •  reading comments over at AMERICAblog (0+ / 0-)

    you can see they're getting their edited storyline out to the blogosphere. This commenter tries to be clever and also leaves out the "replace with a balanced solution" from the President's speech. I suppose all that money pays for a lot of blog bots.
    "We Are the Borg. You Will be Assimilated."

    Steve in Austin • 21 hours ago

    John Aravosis is just another in a long line of amateur... They are really the only ones wiling to stand up to Washington... Who gives a darn on who came up with the sequester? The fact remains that the dem controlled senate passed it, and the great liar-in-chief signed it, and the prez even stood up before the American people in a 2012 campaign speech and said that he supported it and would veto any legislation that would try to stop or change it,but you didn't bother to mention this in your slanted piece of crap to your low information audience.  On top of it, you didn't even dig into what the sequester is about

    "We thought about it for a long time, "Endeavor to persevere." And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Union."

    by voodoochild62 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:39:30 PM PST

  •  this is supposed to be (1+ / 0-)
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    one of only two viable, serious political parties in this country, and they do this? absolutely pathetic.

  •  Ron Christie (1+ / 0-)
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    a GOP flack (and, an overall hack) repeated the same lie on "Tell Me More" this week (the GOP, as a general rule, can be counted on to stay on message as long as the topic isn't rape).  What irritated me was that host Michele Martin didn't challenge Christie on this statement, but, what can you say (maybe if Carney wasn't busy trying to explain the President's golf outing, the WH could accurately explain the origins of the sequester).

  •   The GOP just blinked. (0+ / 0-)

    Two things:

    1.)  By running the ad, more people might pay attention to the Sequester,

    2.)  Run the ad after the cuts, not before, if you're trying to win blame game.

  •  No sweat. The DNC's video should show ... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... Boehner's 98% quote, Paul Ryan's endorsement of the sequester and the House vote on the Grand Bargain that shows 174 Republicans (and 95 Democrats - the Democrats split) voting for it.

    Obama has mentioned several ways to compromise. The Speaker of the House has said exactly Zero: go to the Senate.

    I think this is the time for one more presidential address. A mini-history of the sequester and the Grand Bargain. A fair and reluctant description of what the sequester by its terms must do. And emphasis on the fact that it is Congress who must act, with several choices:

    1. Simply void the sequester. This should be the bill the Senate sends to the House. (It would leave the choice of options up to the House, where it belongs ... with Grand-Bargain-Boehner and his Tea Party caucus.)
              THEN ...
    2. Void the sequester and get on with serious efforts to adopt a balanced approach.
    3. Adopt a mini-sequester with a balanced approach, and go on to the next set of budget negotiations.
    4. Let the sequester go into effect and have the public see how destructive the GOP's driven insistence on Austerity And Nothing Else will be for the country.

    President Obama must stop endorsing austerity. Nothing short of that is sure to set the record straight.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 02:35:37 PM PST

  •  That is a distinction without a difference (0+ / 0-)

    He was for it- but only as some sort of gimmick. Not REALLY for it "for it"?

    It's all gop political BS for sure (they voted for it!), but he can't have it both ways.

  •  GOP could convene Congress, or Smear the Prexy (1+ / 0-)
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    What a choice. Shall we cancel our week off and actually work on the problem, or will we lie about the blame game about who's responsible for the problem?

    Is that fiddling while Rome burns, or what?

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 03:24:55 PM PST

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