Chris Chocola in Forbes — How The GOP Can Win The Midterm Elections

The last two experiments in unified Democratic control of Washington led to huge Republican victories in 1980 and 1994. But Republicans today should note those victories were fundamentally won on policy. Democratic failures clarified the dangers of unchecked liberalism, but it was the positive agendas of reform offered by Ronald Reagan and the Contract with America Class of 1994 that turned expected gains into unexpected landslides.

Establishment Republicans, ever-skittish about risking anything, especially in what promises to be a good year, should be bold. The Democrats themselves have already done most of the hard work of shaping a Republican reform agenda. The major issues the Obama-Reid-Pelosi Democrats botched in 2009 present rare opportunities for Republicans in 2010 and beyond.

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