Magazine February 8, 2010, Issue

Contractual Obligations

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A plan to win — and to govern

The smart money is on the Re­publicans’ making big gains in the House, the Senate, and governorships this fall, but not taking control of either chamber of Con­gress. That’s where the smart money was at the start of 1994, too, and Repub­licans took control of both a few months later. In the spring of 2006 few people thought the Democrats would take the Senate as well as the House that year. They did.

Republicans are doing sufficiently well that their objective this fall has to be at least to retake the House. There is no point in their setting their sights

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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