House Republican leaders unveiled a 21-page document this week to give some language to apparently be a strong comeback in November elections. A Pledge to America is a blueprint for wresting control of Congress from Democrats and regaining some of the spotlight stolen by the Tea Party movement. A few media reactions:
NY Times: The blueprint is divided into five chapters: a plan to create jobs and end economic uncertainty; a plan to stop out-of-control spending and reduce the size of government; a plan to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care; a plan to reform Congress and restore trust; and a plan to keep the nation secure at home and abroad.
Time magazine: The pledge evokes the 1994 Contract with America, which helped unleash a Republican wave that returned the party to power two years into Bill Clinton’s presidency. It was hashed out with input from an energized electorate that submitted scores of suggestions on the Internet. “The proposals House Republicans will put forward today are clear proof that, unlike Democrats in Washington, Republicans have been listening intently to Americans over the past year and a half,” said Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader. The pledge also appears to draw some inspiration from the Contract from America concocted this year by Tea Party leaders. “The ‘Pledge to America’ is a great first step in the campaign for limited government and fiscally sound economic policy,” said Ryan Hecker, a Houston Tea Party leader who organized the Contract from America.
It’s a nice document with enough people complaining about it from the right and the left that it has probably found the right middle ground.