Hey "Leaders": Fear of Overplaying Your Hand Can Lead to Defeat Just as Well

I'm not much of a poker player but I know this much: you can overplay a hand and have it backfire but you can lose just as easily by underplaying it. In fact, in poker and many other games, initiative is usually rewarded. My simple point is this:

Popular policies should be used as a club to pummel those who oppose such policies. Don't play defense when you have the stronger hand.

Two examples: health care and gays in the military. Interestingly, these are two issues Bill Clinton tried to tackle in the first months of his administration. Did he overplay his hand? Perhaps. Here's some data from Gallup on gays in the military:


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