11/04/2011 09:30 am ET | Updated Jan 01, 2012

9 Reasons Why Republicans Win Debates

Why is it that Democrats find themselves on the losing side of just about every issue?

While you can blame filibustering Senators, the Tea Party, and stop-at-nothing Republican diehards, these factors don't explain why Democrats are offering to slash the federal budget, or why Obama is acting like a Republican on the environment and immigration.

What, exactly, are the Republicans doing that the Democrats are failing to do? As an author of books on argument and a recent title about word heroics, I can suggest some answers.