Here’s what happened…
The GOP’s desire to regain control of the House and Senate in a big way this November, has caused the party to seek advice from former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who helped the GOP reclaim power after a 40-year drought.
Willing to help, Gingrich underscored the “failure of the left,” which he attributed to “driving people our way in a very encouraging way” in a conversation with Insider.
The veteran culture warrior noted that if that shift continues, this midterm election could become “the most catastrophic election for Democrats since 1920,” the year Republicans won the party’s largest number of seats ever.
The potential of a big win has been welcomed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA.) who ––according to veteran GOP strategist Scott Reed –– wants to “elect 30 to 35 new Republicans” and fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming Speaker. This is why he has latched on to Gingrich’s insight on regaining control, something he has plenty of as reports circulate that the co-author of “Contract with America” is advising McCarthy.
According to Gingrich, the path leading to victory for Republicans is delivered in two parts, “One is to communicate that big government socialism doesn’t work and can’t… And the other is to communicate what we would do.”
But, Jim Moran, a former Democratic House member, cautioned against listening to Newt’s advice.
He warned that “Newt’s 21st-century contract is going to over-promise things that they can’t deliver,” before adding that some things “the American people aren’t going to want them to deliver.”
Republicans only view Gingrich’s advice as an asset. Referred to as the “grandfather of House Republicans,” Gingrich won his first congressional race in 1978. Then after spending time in Washington, helped author the “Contract with America” –– the political sales pitch lauded for helping Republicans reclaim the House in 1994 after Democrats ruled for 40 years.
Formalizing the symbolic agreement with the nation, House Republicans promised to put ten bills up for a vote to Congress if the public returned them to power. At the time, they prioritized congressional term limits, tax cuts, crime reduction, and decreasing welfare programs, among other bills.
Now, history is repeating itself with freshman Republican Representative Carlos Giménez (FL.), telling Insider a new “10 commandments” was being drafted for House Republicans ahead of the midterms, which he said, “sounds very similar to the Contract with America.”