Line of the Day
Democrats Find Lessons In GOP Reign
New Majority Is Mindful Of Rivals' Mistakes, Successes
By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, November 12, 2006; Page A01
Democrats preparing to take control of Congress for the first time in over a decade are looking to the Republican takeover in 1995 as an object lesson of what to emulate and what to avoid. They hope to match the legislative energy of the Newt Gingrich era while avoiding at all costs the partisan pitfalls that eventually soured voters on the GOP.
|Party Divided Internally Over
||Party line to be decided
internally and strictly followed; Policy to be selected by Julio,
Barbara Boxer's pool boy
|Resort to torture damaged
America's image abroad
||Adherence to high moral
principles will restore image of America as amiable simpletons
|Gay Republican Congressman
hitting on male pages tended to undercut social conservative message
||Gay congressman to strictly
limit themselves to hitting on other congressmen, evangelical ministers.
|Medicare prescription drug plan
confusing, unpopular, and expensive
||Medicare for pets!