I mostly agree with Quin and Ramesh Ponnuru. The differences between Boehner and Gingrich, McConnell and Dole, as well as continued Democratic control of the Senate will make an exact replay of 1995-96 very difficult. My main concern is that the Republican leadership’s “seasoning” can cut both ways.
Yes, the new Republican House majority contains a lot more people (and people who have hired people) with experience governing. It also contains more people with experience governing badly. For all their faults, the House Republican leadership team that came to power in 1995 had thought more seriously about policy than most of their 2011 sucessors have given evidence of doing. The Class of ’94’s majority may have seemed less likely, but they were being led by people who had given some serious thought as to what they might like to do in the majority.
There are some points that cut against this, of course. The Senate leadership is, on balance, better than it was under Bob Dole in 1995. But I’m much less concerned with a Republican majority reliving 1995 than one that causes us to relive 1998 to 2006.
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