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(Almost) everybody loves YouCut

Since the launch of YouCut Wednesday, liberals and conservatives alike have bellyached about the do-it-yourself Web site set up by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) that lets activists vote on what programs they want Republicans to defund. RedState's Ron Robinson:

[A]ny budget cuts proposed by the GOP at this time will instantly be shot down by the House majority. So it’s an exercise that really does nothing and waste congressional GOP leaders’ time. It’s a PR gimmick. How stupid do they think we are?

Washington Monthly blogger Steve Benen, who has a nearly psychic link to the minds of Democratic strategists, did some of the same bashing. But as of Wednesday evening, Cantor's office said 7,000 activists had already cast YouCut votes, and "YouCut" has quickly become a top political search term. Gimmicks work, although I'd be fascinated to see what would come out on top if the YouCut ballot included more massive programs.

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By David Weigel  |  May 13, 2010; 8:32 AM ET
Categories:  Congress  | Tags: Eric Cantor, Parties, Politics, Republican, Steve Benen, United States, United States House of Representatives, Washington Monthly  
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