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Will Unbending Stubbornness Bring Political Success?

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My wife Dr. Diane Medved is a psychologist and author of best-selling books on marriage and divorce, and she asks a crucial question about the current image of the Republican Party.

If you got involved with someone who was chronically angry, contentious, uncompromising and self-righteous, would you consider that individual a good bet for marriage? How well would those qualities of unbending stubbornness qualify someone as a prospective business partner or office associate? If the ability to work together with other people and to make progress through give-and-take counts as crucial for intimate relationships and business, why should that approach be any less essential for political success? As my wife has managed to teach me after 28 years, compromise, cheerfulness and moderation aren’t always dirty words – and shouldn’t really require the abandonment of principle or long-term goals.

There’s a lesson here for the GOP.

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  1. Bruce Zittlow  •  Aug 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    What are the Democrats willing to yield on? Maybe Obama could begin to give speeches at events that should be non partisan and surprise us all by not taking swipes at Republicans. or hinting at their inherent racism or obstructionism. Then maybe the media would not trumpet their churlishness as though it is established fact. It’s a two way street, after all..

  2. Pete Doremus  •  Aug 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I disagree, Pollyanna. When you are having your eyes gouged out and receiving knees to the groin on a daily basis, it is time for intense, Old Testament style, scorched earth responses.
    Consider: everything that the IRS was revealed to have been doing, illegally and in contravention of the American social compact, THEY AFRE STILL DOING, AND IN SPADES. Boehner is worse than ineffectual. He has betrayed us.

  3. Glenn  •  Aug 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Michael,
    I am surprised there is little heard from psychologist on our political leaders.

    I believe you, Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager have conducted yourselves like our politicians need to copy. There lack of professionalism is quite astounding. Additionally, I believe there thinking is quite limited.

    Pete, I understand your frustration and concern. However, panic is not the solution. When people are in a panic mode, the ability to think clearly is compromised. An all or nothing approach is not the solution. We must have a plan and work the plan. We need to be consummate professionals.

    We need to not play games. We need to engage against every issue. We need to be aggressive on every issue. However, we need not enter the mudwrestling session the other side wants to coax us into.

    Have a nice weekend, All.

  4. Ron FORD  •  Aug 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Working with a stubborn person is one that would require a development of an evaluation as to the true goodness of the person and that his or her intentions are for the good. If that can be determined then working to give and take can proceed. This evaluation is difficult: as brilliant people can easily deceive one.

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