Too bad the GOP’s Pledge isn’t more like the tea party’s Contract From America

I hope, but don’t know, that the restive, Democrat-repudiating mood in the country reflects the Contract much more than the Pledge. But the disparity between the two is an always-welcome reminder that the two major parties are reliably incapable of translating strong grassroots sentiment into public policy that acts on it. Democrats are finding that out the hard way this fall, in the various “hippie punching” wars between the snippy White House and a base dissatisfied with pot, Gitmo, war, ObamaCare, and more. Republicans will likewise rediscover the phenomenon if they don’t start taking government-downsizing seriously.