I usually agree with the author, but I think he's tone deaf this time.
The sequester was Obama's solution to the original fiscal cliff crisis in 2011.
The GOP must allow Obama to come with concessions to avoid his own sequester. We can't lead, and can't force him. The DpD has already made adjustments to almost fit at sequester levels, so any pain will be on the discretionary domestic spending side. Just ALLOW Obama to make sweetening concessions to avoid his own sequester. Don't argue it, just quietly say, "We're in a spending and deficit crisis, so that's not enough." until he bows to the inevitable. That's how we managed to get the Bush tax cuts finally made permanent, except for the plus $450 K bracket. He preened; we pocketed!