Political Power


John Harwood, in a discussion with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on the subject of the stimulus package, raised the question:

“There are two ways you can approach looking at Republicans.  One is to say . . . ‘you go right ahead and take that risk.’  The other is to say . . . ‘you are right about some objections, we will make significant changes.’”

An excerpt from Biden’s answer:  “We already compromised.  We don’t consider it compromise, we consider it cooperation.”

One definition of power is the ability to influence the behavior of other people.   I wonder which approach would be more likely to accomplish VP Biden’s goals relative to the stimulus package.

Compromise?  Cooperation?   Or would coercion be more likely to accomplish a positive  outcome?