More on the Democrats and a Contract with America
Earlier this week, I wrote a blog post arguing that the Democrats should create a Contract with America. In today’s Washington Post, an interesting article explores why the Democrats have no version of Newt Gingrich:
Where is the Democrats’ Gang of Seven? Why isn’t some spirited group of junior House Democrats capturing the public’s imagination and sinking its teeth into the spreading Jack Abramoff mess? And where is the Democratic equivalent of Gingrich?
In Congress, reform often comes from the back bench. Junior members have the least to lose and the shortest — and thus usually the cleanest — records. These unlikely agents of change are often change’s biggest beneficiaries. . . .
And yet, after languishing in the minority for more than a decade, the Democrats’ back bench has yet to produce a Gang of Seven or an insurgent leader such as Gingrich, who inspired dozens of GOP House candidates in 1994. Most of the Democrats elected since the Republicans took over in 1994 simply replaced other Democrats. Moreover, none was really elected on a message of bringing “change” to Congress.