By Alan Caruba

“In negotiation, ‘yes’ is the worst word. It just betrays a fear of failure and a fear of losing this deal, and it primes you to please the other side, to rush ahead, to compromise early and often to come to a deal, any deal. ‘No’ is the best word. It’s what you want to be prepared to say and to hear. ‘No’ will liberate you and protect you.”

The above is the opening paragraph of the introduction to a book by my friend, Jim Camp, “No, The Only Negotiating System You Need for Work and Home” and, for the forthcoming election, Americans or at least a majority of the voters have to say “no” to four more years of Barack Obama.

Camp, the creator of the Camp Negotiation Institute, has more than twenty years of experience and these days is coaching people from America to Brazil, China to Italy, Argentina to England, France to Russia, Sweden to Iraq; all of whom are seeking to become certified negotiators using his system.

Camp emphasizes the role of emotion in negotiations and what I am witnessing these days is a totally dispirited and depressed Republican and conservative voter community when, in fact, it should be energized by the dreadful prospect of a reelected Obama.

Regarding the conduct of negotiation Camp says, “’No’ will liberate you and protect you.”

Part of it the Grand Funk GOP that is occurring is unquestionably tied to the lengthy primary process, the fluctuations between the rising and falling fortunes of the candidates, and the horse race coverage by the mainstream media.

Camp emphasizes that “’No’ requires a solid, ironclad mission and purpose.” Can there be a single purpose greater than ridding the nation of the worst President in its history?

And isn’t every election a negotiation between the candidate and the voter?

Last week’s results of the polling by the Rasmussen organization found the following:

# 60% say that the U.S. economy is in Recession.

# 52% favor candidates who would raise taxes on the rich.

#46% say it’s possible for any American to find a job.

#46% say America’s best days are in the past.

In short, Republicans and other voters are all over the place trying to figure out what is happening and what may happen in the future. They are bouncing back and forth between emotions that are either pessimistic or unrealistic.

“Before you make a decision,” says Camp, “your emotions rage all over the place. Then when you make a decision, you set about rationalizing it.” This is a perfect description of what I hear from people trying to make up their minds about who the Republican nominee should be to lead the party.

The fear in the hearts of too many Republicans is driving them to seek the perfect candidate, something that never was and never will be. All politicians seeking the nomination arrive with all manner of baggage from their years in office. Some are conservative and some are too conservative.

After what was arguably the best President of the modern era, Ronald Reagan, Republicans failed to support George H.W. Bush, allowing him to be defeated by Bill Clinton. In 1996, they supported a lackluster Bob Dole and Clinton won again. Then George W. Bush came along and Republicans had their man in the Oval Office for eight years.

By any rational standard, a completely unknown candidate should not have defeated John McCain, but Barack Obama offered not policies, but pure emotion based on “hope and change.” In the midst of a financial crisis, it worked.

The same fear that drove the 2008 campaign is now driving the 2012 campaign, but Obama has little to campaign upon. Rationally, we know he has mired the nation in debt that threatens an economic collapse.

We know his “stimulus” program and its promise of higher employment has been a total failure. We know that millions are still unemployed. Millions are on food stamps.

We know that Obamacare is now less popular than when it was passed against much vocal opposition; the first time that has ever happened to a piece of social legislation.

So why are Republicans in such disarray, in such a great funk over the process by which we pick nominees? EMOTION.

Republicans need to ask themselves who will say “no” to Obama and “no” to the nation-crushing changes he and his administration have imposed on us. Republicans, independents, and all conservatives have to get over their funk and get into the fight to save America.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

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Comment by Walter Bowen on February 23, 2012 at 5:57pm

No MORE TO FOUR MORE! Remove the "thing" from office! Prosecute the "thing" for treason and hang him up by its entrails! "Golem" is far more horable than this "thing!"

This "thing" is and of "SEVERE TOTAL STUPID LUNACY" or what can only be treated as "SEVERE TOTAL STUPID 'TREASONOUS' LUNACY!" How many Secrets do you know he will be leaving office with to sell to our enemies! 

Comment by TaterSalad on February 23, 2012 at 12:45pm


What part of a liberals brain will it take for them to understand this?


Comment by Frank Haydock on February 23, 2012 at 6:23am

Has anyone considered the possibility that Soros has his fingers in the GOP just to keep it off task and ruin the election for conservatives?  Dumbo does not seem to be a bit concerned with the election and seems to relish the future spending of a billion dollar campaign war chest to defeat less than what America needs and deserves for the future of our country and the future of our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, because it looks like, if we started unraveling the damage done to date, it will take at least three generations to get 'er done.


Comment by Doug Nicholson on February 22, 2012 at 9:54pm

I am NOT in a funk about MY candidate...


Comment by Jeff Waller on February 22, 2012 at 9:06pm

To paraphrase Mark Farner, Grand Funk Railroad, Live Album, "Words of Wisdom":

Brothers and sisters, there are people out there that try to look and act just like you or maybe your conservative brother, but they're not. And, when they hand you some line of horse hockey, don't take it -- don't take it, okay?

Comment by Jim Murray on February 22, 2012 at 5:46pm

What we really need to say "no" to is the entire liberal machine. Two of the key components of the liberal machine (and maybe the two most important components of the continued success of the liberal machine) are the the MSM, who pretty much tell the masses exactly "what to think about", and the judges who continue to issue ruling after ruling that fly in the face of our founding documents and principles. Through thier rulings many of these judges endorse and sponsor the growth of the liberal agenda each and every day . I have only heard one candidate directly reference the pervasive influence of these two very devious components of the liberal machine and express a willingness to address them in any substantial manner.  

Comment by Guy Blanchard on February 22, 2012 at 5:01pm

Remember Transparency????? Why is it so many democratic voters are okay with being lied too?Are voters so gullible that obama can break every promised he made and yet still get there vote again? Hello people.. Its okay to think for yourself...obama promised to cut our debt in half yet he has increased it by 50% in less than 4 years...Hello people...obama promised to have the most transparent administration ever..Hello people.. Okay mr transparent,show us all your college records,show us your real birth certificate,tell us why you will not secure our borders and why you stopped the ketstone pipeline and why you are bringing unrest to the middle east... Tell us why everytime you fail you blame bush... Wake up people...

Comment by Laura Lloyd on February 22, 2012 at 4:54pm

I just think this primary season is pretty normal -- it only SEEMS in disarray because of the MEDIA definition!  Media and the establishment have been trying to force-feed a short primary cycle and Mitt Romney on everybody since the Iowa caucus for heaven's sake!  I say, with Sarah Palin, let the primary go on and on!  WE learn the most that way and will make the BEST choice!  And, anybody who is in a FUNK is listening to too much left-wing media who want nothing more than to dishearten all of us so we'd stay home, not vote, and Obungler would get 4 more years!!!

Comment by Ralph Roshto on February 22, 2012 at 4:40pm

What part of "NO" do you not understand, the "N" or the "O"? 

No Obamacare.

No Obama

No Napolitano

No Holder

No Czars

No Socialism

Comment by Loren I. Nelson on February 22, 2012 at 4:39pm

http://senateconservatives.com/site/endorsements/2012/oh/josh-mande... use this link to send Money to Senator Josh Mandel of Ohio...His election comes in 2 Weeks.

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