This appears to be the approach to negotiation in D.C. As Powerline’s John Hinderaker pointed out on yesterday’s show, public negoitation is rarely productive, but the president is very good at the theatrics, and the GOP very bad at playing a good moment for all it is worth. (Mitch McConnell’s “I just laughed” moment was excellent but the House “letter,” not so good. The latter stepped on the former. Timing, timing.)
My partner Gary Wolenksy –like Hinderaker a very successful trial lawyer for some of the country’s biggest companies– waves off bluster from plaintiffs’ lawyers like the Cleveland Indians waive off free agents. The GOP needs to do the same, but it also needs to get some markers down, the subject of my Townhall.com column this morning.
The key for the GOP is to name its “must haves” and to get some of them, and if you heard any of yesterday’s program with my parade of defense experts, the key win is protecting the Pentagon’s ability to protect the United States. The Democrats are indifferent to even deeper Defense cuts, but the Republicans should be up in arms over this prospect, doing good by the country and their political brand in the process.