It's time for the GOP to get down to brass tacks. Republicans are positively giddy at the prospect of retaking the House of Representatives, but, to make their dreams a reality, they have to be more than just the Party of No. They have to develop and disseminate an actual agenda. To do that they're teaming up with the party faithful and K Street lobbyists to produce a new platform. It's less providing leadership than being led, but at least it's something.
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But if you feel like this is dÃ©jÃ vu all over again, that's because it is. In the years since they lost their majority, and in the months since Obama took office, Republicans have tried time and again to cast themselves as more than a (dis)loyal minority, introducing policy ideas, rebranding efforts, and other gimmicks. All of them have quickly fizzled and been swept into the dustbin, never to be mentioned again.
Whether this latest effort stands the test of time or not is an open question. But with that in mind, here's a highlight reel of failed Republican renaissances.