A New Republican “Pledge to America”

by Ryan on September 22, 2010

in Election 2010,History,Politics

Tomorrow, the Republican Party will release a 21-page “Pledge to America” outlining what they would do differently if the public were to elect Republican Congressional majorities in just under 6 weeks.  Check out the above link for the full text.  Some highlights can be found here as well.

The “Pledge” isn’t simply a rip-off of the 1994 “Contract With America” — it’s longer, more specific, and relevant to today’s situation.  The “Pledge” is also quite clear (including charts and graphs) which is something I think is smart in any election cycle.  Together, it easily forms a distinct contrast between the Republicans and the Obamacrats, which can be used as a sledge hammer by the Republicans all Fall long.

What are the Dems to do?

Refute and belittle, Alinsky-style, of course!  But, then what?  What solutions do they have to offer?  They’ve been in charge, in fact holding more institutional and political power than any political party since Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” liberals of the mid-1960s.  The Dems can’t hide and reasonable people understand that.  The Democrats must embrace the wrong and unpopular side of this new contrast by advocating America should stay the course.  It’s always easier to be on offense politically and getting none of a poll-tested Republican agenda through in the next two years likely hurts Obama more than the Congress, who’d under no obligation to compromise.

My favorite line after my first perusal was this:

“We will require each bill moving through Congress to include a clause citing the specific constitutional authority upon which the bill is justified.”

Sweet and way overdue!  I’m not so cool with the saber-rattling Iran stuff, this election’s not about that, but there’s lots of other promising and surely poll-tested conservative parts of this document.

The Republicans could win in November by merely showing up (at least the House anyway), but this “Pledge” gives the voters a reason to send Republicans back to Washington after the public lost trust in the GOP four years ago.  Whether the establishment allows a Republican Congress to do any of this stuff is still mere speculation (the GOP has to actually win first), but for now this looks really good in my opinion.

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