Obama and Dems doubled down on letting it go into effect and hoping Repubs get blamed; giving them an edge in the looming budget fight. They made 0 effort to stop it, but put all their resources toward scaremongering about how terrible the cuts will be. Mainstream Repubs tried to do it back; but spending on defense and immigrant detention centers is so horrendously unpopular that scaremongering about cutting it went nowhere.
This tactic will backfire and the Tea Party will score another massive
victory. In the last opinion poll, supporters of the Sequester
outnumbered opponents 2-1. When the Dems' "scary" fails to materialize -
that gap will widen. The Dems have had very little success in recent
budget battles by exaggerating and lying about the doom of cuts and
shutdowns w/out them actually happening. The idea that they'll do better
with voters having a month post-cut to see they were lying is pretty