The GOP is Bringing the Nineties Back

Few people don’t enjoy themselves a good throwback.

I still roll to old school Van Halen, Motley Crue, and Kiss. My preference has always been pinball machines to shoot ’em up games. And while I do enjoy a lot of the Judd Apatow movies, my heart still lies with Mel Brooks and “the Cannonball Run.”

In a word, retro rocks!

Apparently the Republican Party feels the same way, and while all the cool kids are rambling on and on aboot “change,” the GOP is dusting off the old playbook and taking us back to 1994, the year of Pearl Jam, “Pulp Fiction,” and the Republican’s taking back control of the House and the Senate.

So sayeth Politico

Republicans are hatching a political comeback by dusting off a strategic playbook written nearly two decades ago. Its themes: Unite against Democrats’ economic policy, block and counter health care reform and tar them with spending scandals.

Those represent the political trifecta that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich bet on in 1994 to produce a historic Republican takeover of Congress. Now, some Republicans believe President Barack Obama’s one-two push on the economy and health care reform is setting the stage for a new round of significant gains, if not a total takeover.

I don’t know how I feel aboot this. On one hand, I’ve always been a firm believer that as long as we are on the side of fiscal discipline that’s a good thing. And there’s a lot aboot what I’ve been reading aboot the Democrat plan to Europeanize healthcare that scares me, especially when it comes to limiting experimental treatment, because had it not been for that my mother would be dead right now.

But as much as I enjoyed “Yellow Ledbetter”, this isn’t 1994 anymore. Healthcare costs, for a number of different reasons, have spiraled complete out of control. We need to have something to say other than the word “no.”

Admittedly, trying to wrap my head around what the answer is gives me a migraine. All I know is the guys like Newt Gingrich and David Gratzer have had plenty to say aboot market based healthcare reform that makes a lot of sense, a lot more than when I read Tom Daschle’s “Critical.”

Hopefully the House GOP has been reading up as well.

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One thought on “The GOP is Bringing the Nineties Back”

  1. Republicans are hatching a political comeback by dusting off a strategic playbook written nearly two decades ago. Its themes: Unite against Democrats’ economic policy, block and counter health care reform and tar them with spending scandals.

    Those represent the political trifecta that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich bet on in 1994 to produce a historic Republican takeover of Congress. Now, some Republicans believe President Barack Obama’s one-two push on the economy and health care reform is setting the stage for a new round of significant gains, if not a total takeover.

    The excerpt above, from your article is very misleading. It was the formulation of the “Contract With America,” that got the GOP and disaffected Independents and Dems to put the GOP over the top in Nov. ’94. Establishing a values approach, with an actual roadmap for a guide was the impetus.

    The attempt to suggest that the nostalgic music of that time and playing the blame game couldn’t be further from the truth. Gingrich concentrated on a positive gameplan and the rest is history, not your revisionism.

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