The Nose Remembers “the 1994 Wave”

Jean Marbella writes on the

Sun

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's Maryland Politics blog that she had a

with Newt Gingrich, in town for the annual gathering in Baltimore of House Republicans, which is being held at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel at Camden Yards. "Gingrich said the incoming GOP freshman class had some similarities with and some differences from the 1994 wave that he led, armed with their ‘Contract with America,'" Marbella writes, quoting Gingrich as saying, "They've arrived with a mission. They're very dedicated. They may be even more serious about studying and learning. They have a model of what works and what doesn't work." The Nose attended the 1994 gathering in Baltimore, after "the wave" happened—and though Gingrich may have led it, it was clear that the larger credit was then being given instead to Rush Limbaugh. Now, after 17 years of electoral see-sawing and changing perspectives on government, it is perhaps worth taking another look at what was being said in 1994. So here's the Nose's dusty dispatch, in its entirety:

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