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Republicans in the House, here you go again

Continetti: House Republicans are repeating the mistakes of the past at record speed. The fight over speaker of the House has elevated figures who alienate independents, he says. Continetti: The 1994 revolution collapsed after similar infighting among quarrelsome legislators. Since 1994, majorities have stuck together only under strong GOP presidents. Gingrich’s “Contract With America” functioned as a presidential-level agenda.

Clinton adopted a politics of triangulation, embracing several conservative positions. The situation changed when George W. Bush was inaugurated as president in 2001. Neither Hastert nor DeLay supplied the energy and ideas necessary to motivate the GOP.