Monday, January 3, 2011

The '90s May Hold Lessons For The New GOP Majority


Has the GOP learned from history or will they be damned to repeat it? This NPR news segment discusses the similarities between the 112th Congress that convenes this week and the 104th Congress that begun in 1994.

When the Congress convenes this week, the Republicans will be in control of the House for the first time since 2006 and Democrats will continue to have the majority in the Senate. Some observers see a striking resemblance to the House that was elected in 1994, when a big Republican surge ended 40 years of Democratic rule in that chamber.

Then speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, surprising many with an uncharacteristic tone of bipartisanship. "If each of us will reach out prayerfully and try to genuinely understand the other, if we'll recognize that in this building we symbolize America writ small --that we have an obligation to talk with each other --then I think a year from now we can look on the 104th Congress as a truly amazing institution without regard to party," he said.

This is a Suspicious News Brief. Listen to the full segment onNPR
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