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George Daly is Dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. An accomplished scholar, he also has taught courses on leadership and economics.

Winning with 'no'

This week's health care summit presents Republican leaders with a difficult choice: (1) agree to support a plan that might be modestly changed to accommodate their ideas; or (2) oppose it on principle as too costly and intrusive and use the issue to try to gain political advantage in November. Which strategy offers them the best prospect of regaining power?

I would suggest to the Republicans that they follow the second alternative for several reasons, both ideological and political:

(a) It accords with their principles,

(b) such strategies in the recent past have worked well for them politically, and

(c) the president will inevitably have center stage and is a superb communicator.

The Republicans should, however, be careful to propose constructive alternatives of their own.

By George Daly

 |  February 23, 2010; 5:28 AM ET
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@Attucks
I'm rather sure the dean did not say "power" in his post. He is simply responding to the question.

Posted by: dave_green | February 24, 2010 1:40 PM
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Actually I think it's always a good idea to abandon all principle so as to be viewed through a prism controlled by those who will never give you the credit for "compromising" those principles in the first place...EVER. sheeeesh

Posted by: theduck6 | February 24, 2010 7:30 AM
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Principles? In the same sentence as Republican? Bad syntax. It is an impossibility in the English language.

Posted by: therev1 | February 24, 2010 12:48 AM
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Yeah, the debt passed on by Bush sucks. Even Republicans don't want to continue along that vein.

But two wrongs don't make a right...so Obama will have to be fiscally prudent to address the mess that we are in.

Unless there are major decreases in discretionary spending (grants of all kinds, i.e.), we can't afford to cover everyone.

Putting a FREEZE on medical care for ILLEGAL aliens WILL provide a huge party of our budget for covering more Americans.

To be fiscally responsible, we need to find the monies that will cover them...by cutting costs elsewhere...and eliminating unnecessary programs.

Time to get our house in ORDER!

I want to see where our tax dollars are going. Americans know where the waste and graft are. We just need a forum in which to tell our representatives.

Democrats must happily and with great glee cut out citizens' pork. NO MORE PORK.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | February 24, 2010 12:39 AM
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Any pork or special interests should be removed from all bills.

Illegal aliens' medical coverage needs to be addressed so that we have a fininte number of dollar in that category with which to project.

Legal immigration needs to be capped.

Initiatives and goals for Obama and Democrats in working with Insurance Companies needs to take place BEFORe any bills are passed...We need to know that insurance companies CAN BE regulated by the feds. Do this first - then we can discuss the bigger issue of covering more people. Medicaid could easily be expanded to cover more people. FPIL would need updating.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | February 24, 2010 12:33 AM
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Let’s have a reality check. Eight years of Republican leadership has left America choking on a $12 trillion national debt, a $787 billion taxpayer bailout of Wall Street, 10.2% unemployment and two wars whose purposes are still unclear, with astronomical costs and with no end in sight.

Middle America wants jobs, fiscal responsibility, affordable healthcare and quality public education for its children, none of which were delivered under a Republican administration and Republican Congress. Republicans had eight years to produce for America and they failed.

I've been a Republican for 32 years and voted for Obama with no regrets.

There were numerous reasons which caused me to vote for Obama: (1) the need for Health Care Reform; (2) need to pay for new services with higher taxes on the rich; (3) misguided foreign policy on Iraq; (4) the Republican bailouts of Free Market gurus on Wall St., and (5) Republican opposition to human rights of all people.

Republicans would have to progress a long way for me to vote Republican again.

This would involve admitting they were wrong on a lot of issue, something they have not yet been willing to do

Posted by: shadowmagician | February 23, 2010 6:08 PM
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What principles? Even to keep using Reagan's policies is a joke. Reagan increase the deficit under his administration. GOP's principle role has been to see this administration fail = see America not recover from the severe 2007-2010 Post World War II Bush Economic Financial Mortgage Reccession. GOP have stopped work in congress with filibusting over 90% of bills to restoring America. They have made our democracy a mockery of the people's choice in November 2008. They have no intentions to cut the cost of health care by reform because they are more heavily funded by the corporate industry rather than being funded by every day American people. GOP does not speak for the majority of American people.

Posted by: Vonnie932 | February 23, 2010 3:52 PM
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Principles? I haven't seen any demonstrated.

So far in the "negotiation" if any Republican alternatives are adopted, they are immediately opposed by Republicans.

The list of those who voted against the Stimulus bill then claimed credit for jobs created attest to that.

Delay (not Tom), dissemble and filibuster are not substitutes for accomplishment.
Accomplishments are what voters will look for come November.

Posted by: ihuman | February 23, 2010 3:17 PM
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If regaining power is their objective they have already lost, they have no one who will stand up and take the reins who is electable anyway, they do not even have a fall guy. Unfortunately for the Republicans power is the issue and they are petrified that Obama will get a second term more than Health Care reform, more than spending which they are more adroit at than most, and even worse petrified Obama may be right and they are not.

Health Care reform is just the beginning. They need to stand for something on this and many other issues. They seem to be avoiding taking a stand. Why? Ask the people/organizations that hold their purse strings. When this is over Republicans and many others who can't see past the money are going to wish they did. the outcome is so much more important than how much, you cannot worry about money when you are dead.
Thank you,

Posted by: katzedes | February 23, 2010 3:05 PM
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Has it occurred to the Dean that the presumed reason any of the Republicans holds government positions isn't power, but service?

Posted by: Attucks | February 23, 2010 11:56 AM
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