Certainly the House GOP should present all its alternatives - on spending, on entitlement and tax reform - but, rather than shut down the government (another losing stance for the right and the precursor to a retreat), Republicans should simply keep spending flat.
That, considering the president's huge ambitions, would be a major accomplishment.
Is the GOP the party of no? Well, no to Obama's collectivist vision.
The challenge now for conservatives is to come up with a center-right agenda that makes sense and that will persuade off-year election voters to keep the House in their hands and deliver the Senate.
To do the latter, the GOP will need to make smart, practical choices in candidates.
Every Todd Mourdock nominated is another vote for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and his party's continued control of the Senate.
Rubin is a columnist and blogger for The Washington Post.