On Second Thoughts

President Obama is pushing hard to persuade Congress to back off from the brutal spending cuts — $1.2 trillion — mandated by the sequestration provisions of the Budget Control Act, which he signed into law on Aug. 2, 2011.

In a simultaneous, but unrelated development, Karl Rove is pressing top Republican donors to back his Conservative Victory Project, an organization designed to snuff out the candidacies of right-wing extremists in Republican primaries who, in 2010 and 2012, prevented the party from winning a Senate majority.

These otherwise different situations have at least one thing in common: Obama and Rove are trying to claw their way out of holes they dug for themselves. [cont.]

Tom Edsall, Columbia U. (New York Times)