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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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