Earlier today, House Republicans unveiled their “Pledge to America,” a gimmicky pre-election manifesto modeled after Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” in 1994. The AP notes that the document is filled with “familiar proposals” from the GOP such as broad generalities of reducing the size of government and cutting taxes and spending (although it “does not specify how the spending reductions would be carried out”).
The “Pledge” is also “designed to give voters a broad outline of what proposals House Republicans will push if they regain the majority and to give their candidates specifics to cite on the campaign trail.” Yet at least one GOP House candidate isn’t too excited about it. Republican Ryan Frazier, who is running for Congress in Colorado, said this week on ABC’s Top Line stated definitively that he won’t campaign on the document:
JONATHAN KARL: So you won’t see yourself running on whatever the House Republicans out on Thursday, that’s not going to be your campaign…
FRAZIER: No. … I’m sure that, you know, as the old 80-20 rule apply. Eighty percent of the time we agree the other 20 percent perhaps we don’t. But I’m going to run a campaign that is important to the people of the 7th congressional district of Colorado and it’s going to be jobs it’s going to be fiscal responsibility, it’s going to be providing them a Congress that is accountable to the people they represent.
Overall, the GOP’s “Pledge” isn’t exciting too many conservative activists. Aside from basically calling for a return to the Bush years, popular ring-wing blogger Erick Erickson called the GOP’s new agenda “dreck.” “The entirety of this Promise is laughable,” he wrote yesterday. In a post titled, “A Pledge to Do Nothing,” conservative David Frum writes, “this is not a document to govern with in the recessionary year 2010.” And conservative Fox News pundit Monica Crowley said today on Fox that it’s “just ok.”
Read more about the “Pledge to America” in today’s Progress Report.