In 1994 during the Republican Revolution, which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich led, the rhetorical artillery of the right was wrapped up in his “Contract with America.” Could a similar rhetoric work this time around?
Republicans are quick to point out that Obama’s party of change hasn’t changed much of anything in the insider-beltway world of Washington. But the rhetorical strategy of the right seems, so far, not to go farther than it did back in the mid-90s.
The "Contract for America" seems to have morphed into Rep. Paul Ryan’s “Roadmap for America's Future,” and now a watered down "Pledge to America." Gingrich is sending around strategy memos to his Republican colleagues, asking candidates to focus on America’s dependence on food stamps during the election.
Is the Republican plan for the next few weeks as cohesive as it was back in the '90s? Newt Gingrich tries to answer.