Comparing the Boehner Pledge to America to the 1994 Contract with America that helped secure the Republican takeover of Congress, Glenn and Jeff explain why this Pledge relates more favorably to the movie Animal House than it does a substantive document (lots of laughs, lots of pictures, short on substance). In fact, the Pledge contains 15 pages of written copy versus 33 pages of really pretty pictures and elegant headlines. But if you’re trying to punch someone in the political face, not a lot of substance is needed, so will The Pledge work as a political tool of it won’t work as a substantive road map to a Republican Future? What does this Pledge say about how the Republicans see themselves and their role in the future? What is the reaction among Republicans to the Pledge? Jeff explains how the Pledge can be used in state and local races to define the Republicans, while Glenn warns that the Democrats don’t know how to define their views in a way that resonates with voters, and continue to be reactive and operate from the defense.
We recommend that you also check out the following links that provide background to this episode.
- Contract with America
- Pledge to America
- FactCheck.org discussion of Pledge
- Frank Lutz on Pledge vs. Contract
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