Thursday, September 29, 2005
Contract with America -- The SequelThe indictment of Tom DeLay, along with other recent GOP embarassments, provides an obvious political opportunity for the Democrats, who lost the House in 1994 under a barrage of ethics charges and effective reform posturing orchestrated by Newt Gingrich.
From The New Republic:
All this sleaze should spell an opportunity for the Democrats to run the Gingrich game plan in reverse. But it also poses an opportunity for the GOP itself. The DeLay affair might shake the Bugman's claim to the loyalty of K Street and of his cowed and compromised caucus, and permit the few reformers within the party to press for the sweeping change that is so clearly needed.
The problem for the GOP is that DeLay is just one instance (albeit a very major one) of the corruption that has grown along with the right-wing corporate-funded Republican revolution.
The President and the GOP leadership generally seem to be keeping some distance from DeLay as he squirms and retreats. The real test will be whether the party will reclaim some of the reform spirit that motivated them in 1994. Their other motive, at least as prominent in that year of change, was the yearning for power. If they want to keep that power now, they will have to move quickly to restore public confidence.
That may prove difficult -- especially if more light is brought to bear on the widespread sleaze of the GOP, in the weeks and months ahead.
I'm betting they cannot do it -- and looking to the Democrats to bring the broom in 2006.
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