October 3rd, 2013
01:19 AM ET

David Gergen: "The more people raise hell… the faster it will get resolved"

House Republicans upping the ante, passing a series of bills to fund popular parts of the government, daring Democrats to oppose them. Democrats calling that a cynical ploy. Anderson discusses this with political analysts David Gergen and Gloria Borger, along with Chief National Correspondent John King

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    I find it quite ironic that Republicans have accused President Obama for quite some time of being a poor negotiator yet they are the ones making two glaring blunders in basic negotiation rules.
    First: Have a BATNA* (Best Alternative To a Negotiated Agreement). Their all or nothing demands have left them with no backup plan, thus painting themselves in a corner.
    Secondly: Always leave your opponent a way out. By demanding concessions from the ACA they left the President with no choice other than saying "No". Since he has no way out they are also stuck in the corner they themselves created.

    * from "Getting to Yes" by Roger Fisher and William Ury.

    October 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
  2. Ahson Anwer

    I have a suggestion for both parties that can server all the stakeholder.

    Both parties can keep debating the budget/appropriation bill but Congress could go ahead and pass the debt limit enhancement bill within the next day or two so that debt limits issue is out of the way.

    October 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
  3. George Anastacio

    Politics will do a lot of good for the country and its citizens if it is constructive. I sincerely believed that if the media journalists must tell the news supported with facts, then, it is fair and for any politician to exercise the same integrity as the media.

    October 3, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  4. Perry Layfield

    There is one thing that should now be abundantly clear to every American voter. Both the Republican and Democratic Parties have proven they are unfit to govern at any level. A true middle of the road third party might soon provide a viable option.

    October 3, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  5. Elizabeth Armstrong

    THANK-YOU, David. The truth of your comment did NOT get lost. I'M THERE (... and NOT "Quietly")!!!

    October 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm |

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