The Republican playbook reads pretty clear: allow sequestration, then swoop in, savior-like, to restore defense cuts--but defense cuts only, which Democrats will be loathe to oppose.
For Republicans, who believe a sabotaged economy is good GOP politics--and they just might be right--this playbook has it all: an uptick in unemployment; a downtick in GDP; a panicked workforce; declining consumer confidence; payback for the fiscal-cliff deal; the sadistic delight of Democratic squealing; the ruthless shafting of a detested president; and a long, electorally forgetful two years until reelection time, at which point they'll hammer Democrats for the lousy economy.
And Republicans still have the continuing resolution and debt ceiling to play with--for bonus points, should they so opt.
It's the perfect plan for politicians who see other people's lives as mere abstractions for solid political gain.
In a well-informed democracy, those abstractions would hurl the sociopathic bastards out of office at election time; but for once the sociopathic bastards are employing a bit of empirical knowledge. They know two very important items: the abstractions are not well informed, nor do they tend to vote in midterm elections.
Like I said, the playbook seems pretty clear.