The Pledge To America 2010 may sound familiar to many people. The Republicans’ Pledge To America outlines their vision, but will their new pledge have the same success as the Contract With America did? In 1994, their Contract symbolized a Republican takeover of Congress, in a setback to a Democratic administration in the midst of its first term. These days, another Democratic administration is trying to prevent the same thing, but some doubt it will work. Therefore, the Pledge To America has been drafted to help Republicans make the final push.
Opponents of the Republican, right-wing, and Tea Party ideologies frequently complain that they have no vision, other than to say no to President Obama. However, their new list of principles seeks to show voters what else they can do, and what else they will get done if they take Congress back.
The Pledge To America 2010 is a 48 page document, displaying their plans to create jobs, stop “out-of-control spending,” reduce the size of government, repeal “ObamaCare,” reform Congress and more. None of this may be anything that voters and crowd haven’t heard before, but now it is being summarized and brought together in one packet.
Those already energized by Republicans likely don’t need the Pledge To America 2010 to get out and vote. Yet the Tea Party crowd may need extra convincing, although they will certainly vote against the Democrats. However, the Tea Party demographic is not convinced that mainstream, establishment Republicans will get all this done – hence the various Tea Party victories in the primaries.
Even if the Republican base is divided, they are still thought to have the advantage against Democrats. They can try and use the Pledge To America as another example of why Republicans are out of touch, and why they would destroy what’s left of America. But attacks against Republicans being worse are the best strategy that they have left.
The defeat of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal was another blow to Democrats this week, even though it also tied up new defense spending. Yet the right claimed it as their latest victory, as they protested Democrats trying to keep them from adding more amendments. Although the debate remains muddled on these issues, the Republicans are coming out ahead – or at the least, the Democrats aren’t.’
The Pledge To America 2010 may or may not be the next Contract With America, although if it is, it may only benefit in the short term. Although the 1994 Republicans used the Contract to take back Congress, they did not then win the President election. Bill Clinton remained in office and survived eight years, just as President Obama wants to do – only without the impeachment charges.
The Republicans have their narrative set for the midterms, even if outsiders are still poking holes into it. But their hopes of putting the Pledge To America into action in Congress remain high at the moment.
GOP.gov- “A Pledge To America”
The New Republic- “The Pledge’s Bizarre Foreign Policy”
The Atlantic- “The Pledge To America Reax II”