Barack Obama is banking on change, but Republicans are betting things haven’t changed much at all. They’re hoping to bounce back from the political wasteland using the same playbook that swept them into power in 1994, Jeanne Cummings writes in Politico. The strategy: Unite against Democrats' economic policy, and campaign against health care reform and spending scandals.
Democrats doubt the strategy will work. “We are in a different game, and they are playing by the old rules,” said one strategist. Health care reform, for example, is much less controversial now, with a recent poll showing it as the public’s third-highest priority.