Don't ask me, I support it
Q: Having failed to stop health care reform, Republican leaders have vowed to make repealing it their rallying cry in the November elections. What lessons could they draw from political history and the experience of leaders in other fields?
Asking me to help the Republicans trash the new health care law is like asking James Carville to give sound advice to the Republicans, or Mary Matalin to offer wise counsel to the Democrats.
That said, precedents in national politics (the "Who lost China" debate in the 1950s; The 80th "Do Nothing" Congress in 1948) and in local politics (Harvard President Lawrence Summers after his ill-considered remarks about women's inability to do science) harbor the following lessons:
For Republicans: Get your story straight, avoid hypocrisy, and beware of targets encased in Teflon.
For Democrats: Focus, laser-like, on two messages: Security at work, and Security for your Medical Care.
Posted by: highland2 | March 23, 2010 12:08 PM
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