The forthcoming package of automatic spending cuts known as the sequester, the final portion of the debt ceiling deal of 2011, is an enormous morass which both parties are hoping to blame on the other.
Unfortunately for Republicans, recent polling suggests that more Americans would blame them should the problem go unresolved by the March 1 deadline.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is hoping to seal the deal. They’ve selected Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) along with 26 other GOP incumbents to try and tie to the mess (Fitz is the only member from Pa.).
The web video compiles doom-and-gloom newscaster predictions about the sequester and, with a little iMovie magic, tells voters to call on Fitzpatrick to stop the cuts.
The DCCC calls the web video the “first phase” of a broader push. But they wouldn’t disclose the amount they’re spending on the ads and declined to elaborate on subsequent phases. Read: this is an earned media effort.
NRCC spokesman Daniel Scarpinato tossed the blame right back at President Obama and defended Fitzpatrick.
“Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick supports replacing the president’s sequester with common-sense reductions in wasteful spending that will help grow our economy and protect taxpayers,” he said. “By throwing these kinds of silly bombs, Washington Democrats are only making it harder to find a responsible solution to this problem.”