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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 15, 2013 5:00 AM

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The first thing a military commander does when planning to win an upcoming war is to assess how the last war was won or lost and determine if the upcoming battle is the same as the last one. 

The speaker of the House, the highest elected Republican in the country, has that decision. In light of the latest Obamacare fiasco, an opportunity has arisen for the GOP. The first thing he must do is assess the GOP defeats and their causes. They are obvious; his party is in a demographic death spiral. The opportunity to change that spiral has been offered by the executive branch’s bungling of its health-care plan.

Republicans were kept out of the process in 2008 because they never seriously were interested in health-care reform and Democrats controlled both branches of government. The speaker must recognizes that Ted Cruz, Ann Coulter, Hannity, Limbaugh, and tea-party Republicans could not defund or stop Obamacare after two election cycles, and this latest health-care debacle is totally self-inflicted by the Democrats. He must understand that this window of opportunity presented by Democrats’ running for the hills searching for a legislative fix is his one and only shot to get the GOP on record and involved in health-care reform.

To do this, the speaker must recognize the suicidal tactics of the tea party and cross the aisle and grab the fleeing Dems with open arms and a pragmatic fix to Obamacare. If he follows the Palins, Pauls, and Ted Cruzs of the party, he puts the GOP behind the status quo of putting uninsured people back in emergency rooms and a continued GOP death spiral of backing political suicide bombers from the “true conservative” side of the party.

Mark Riley


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