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Thus, the upcoming challenge for the Republicans will be less to persuade the country that entitlement reform is necessary (because the president will admit that). Instead, their task will be to: 1) Unmask the true nature of the Democrats’ purported proposals; 2) convince the country that a high-tax solution to the deficit threat will result in low economic growth; and 3) convince the country that the GOP low-tax solution will sustain the needed social safety net while inducing higher economic growth necessary to our future prosperity.

Politics is about to get much uglier - but possibly more productive.

Tony Blankley is the author of “American Grit: What It Will Take to Survive and Win in the 21st Century” (Regnery, 2009) and vice president of the Edelman public relations firm in Washington.