HolyCoast: The Sad Story of the Class of '94

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The Sad Story of the Class of '94

The class we're talking about is the freshmen members of the Republican congress who were swept into power in the Gingrich Revolution in '94. Politico has the details:
The sex scandals that have tarnished Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) and Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) don’t appear to have much in common. Yet there is one thread that binds them together: Both Ensign and Sanford were members of the famed Republican House class of 1994, as well as its latest casualties.

As it turns out, the pressures and demands of political life have inflicted devastating damage not only on the Ensign and Sanford families, but on the families of many of the 71 other freshmen who formed the vanguard of the Republican Revolution.

In the 14 years since that star-crossed class arrived in Washington espousing an agenda that placed family values at its core, no less than a dozen of its members have been caught up in affairs, sex scandals or in messy separations and divorces from their spouses that, in more than a few instances, led to their political downfalls.
There's a lot more here.

The most successful member of that class, or should I say honorary member, is Rush Limbaugh, and he's had plenty of family problems of his own. However, he's still plugging away and reaching more listeners than ever. Unlike many members of the '94 class of congressional Republicans, Rush's message has never changed and that's why he's still on top and many of them, along with the Republican majority, are gone.

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