Friday, January 29, 2010

If someone asks you to help them rob a bank, there's nothing wrong in saying 'No'. Nor is there any shame in declining to help someone do anything that is dangerous or counter-productive.

And it doesn't matter a bit if it is the President of the United States who is asking you to help do something really dumb. Smart people say 'No' to doing dumb things. Smart people say no to running up trillion dollar deficits. Smart people say no to ruinous environmental policies. Smart people say no to ill-conceived plans to screw around with health care. Smart people say no to treating terrorists as if they were coming criminals.

So Republicans ought not flinch at being referred to as the 'Party of No', they ought to embrace it and run with it as far and as fast as they can. As a parent might tell their child, 'you're dreaming if you think I am going to help you screw your life up', so too should Republicans tell the American people 'as long as Obama keeps asking for our help to ruin America, we're going to keep telling him no'.

If the GOP allows Obama to frame the issue as Republican refusal to fix America, the GOP will lose. But if the GOP frames this as they're being unwilling to assist in the suicide that Obama seems committed to pursuing, they - and America - will win.