The Die Is Cast: Republicans need to fight to stay alive.…

Alea iacta est. That’s what Julius Caesar proclaimed as he crossed the Rubicon River in 49 B.C. It means, “The die is cast.” By crossing the Rubicon with his army – against Roman law – Caesar guaranteed a head-on conflict with the overconfident Roman ruler Pompey. Outnumbered, Caesar was presented with the choice: win or die.

The simple fact is that the Democrats have their battle plan. It’s going to be Medi-scare every day in every way for the next 17 months. They are on autopilot. They are committed. Their die is cast. They have crossed their Rubicon. They have no desire to defend Obamacare, high gas prices, high unemployment, and a third Middle East war. They want – no, need – to be on offense because they have so much they cannot defend.

The one advantage the outnumbered Caesar had was that he and his battle-tested forces understood that there was only one solution to their plight: victory.

For instance, the Democrats have a plan too. It’s the Status Quo-Plus. It involves letting Medicare continue to spiral out of control, consuming our budget until it becomes necessary for an unelected chamber of health-care bureaucrats to impose draconian cuts. Actually, Democrats have two plans. That was the Obama plan. There’s also the Harry Reid plan, which involves lawlessly refusing to pass a budget for close to 800 days.

As Goldberg closes, “But more than anything, Republicans need to realize that the die has been cast. All that is left for them is to decide whether they will play the role of Pompey or of Caesar.”

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    We are in trouble for 2012. It’s one thing to say people might go our way if we take a stand, but wait until 100’s of millions in TV bomabard swing states.

    If they can portray Brown as causing the death of children, the Republican nominee with probably be kicking your grandmother’s dog as he comes in to cut her throat.

  • edfactor

    First, I am delighted to see Republicans use history to instruct us today. I think the point Jamison made is merely a small indictment. Pompey thought he would prevail over Caesar, so the reference is not totally inappropriate.

    The overall message is correct. Almost the entire legislative Republican caucus has gotten behind the Ryan plan, so they had better go with it. Those who support the Ryan plan, like the Federalists at the constitutional convention, have the advantage as the opposition does not have a plan of their own. Caesar knew the republicans (small R) did not know what to do about Rome’s problems and at least he had a vision (which needed Octavian to make work.) As long as the Democrats have no solution, we will have the edge, which even the New York Times editorial board admitted a few days ago.

    Thanks to Karl for posting this!