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When it comes to the GOP's new "Pledge to America," which will be unveiled officially Thursday morning, the venerable National Review and the popular conservative blog RedState don't quite see eye to eye.

A glowing editorial on National Review says:

The inevitable question will be: Is the pledge as bold as the Contract?

The answer is: The pledge is bolder. The Contract with America merely promised to hold votes on popular bills that had been bottled up during decades of Democratic control of the House. The pledge commits Republicans to working toward a broad conservative agenda that, if implemented, would make the federal government significantly smaller, Congress more accountable, and America more prosperous.

But RedState Editor-in-chief Erick Erickson disagreed, writing, "The GOP's pledge is perhaps the most ridiculous thing to come out of Washington since George McClellan." Erickson added,"It is dreck."

This prompted National Review editor Rich Lowry to take to his Twitter feed to engage Erickson in a debate over the pledge.

Responding to Lowry's question of whether or not the pledge is better than the 1994 Contract with America, Erickson responded, Tweeting: "worse in that 94 was a surprise and unexpected. We expected this and it has nothing new. But CwA gets too much credit for 94."

It will be interesting to see how this impacts the coverage Thursday. The pledge hasn't even officially been unveiled, but already conservatives are divided over it. ... So what else is new?

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Thane Eichenauer

I haven't read the Pledge to America but at 21 pages I know that it unlikely to change any choice made by American voters in the next 5 weeks. Voters have a position of "Don't Tread on Me". The Republican Party may feel that it has to make up a small book on how it is going to do that but how many people or Republican candidates need more reading material 5 weeks from election day? The good candidates don't need it and the bad candidates are the ones likely to publicly adopt it and then be thankful they won but regretfully state that the emergency of the day overrules any commitment they may have made back in September of 2010.

September 23 2010 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what's exceptionally frightening is that the libs who got us into this mess seem as incompetent as the Repubs who helped and now claim they are trying to get us out...we need new leadership in both parties who are committed to fiscal responsibility and immune to the lure of special interests groups.

September 23 2010 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Proof of what's wrong with the Republican party and how inept they are. This whole charade was promised by Boehner in a big announcement on May 25, which then took them four months to come up with. Now even Bret Baier and his totally Repuking panel on Fox News chewed it up and spit it out tonight regarding timing and content. I want to be a good Republican but these people are embarrassing!

September 22 2010 at 10:37 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Beware of Republicans bearing pledges and contracts.

September 22 2010 at 8:34 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

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