Today, something unusual will happen. Democrats will happily call attention to a new set of Republican proposals, and Republicans ... well, they'll sort of shrug them off. The "Pledge to America" is supposed to be this year's version of 1994's "Contract with America," which supposedly helped to swing independent votes toward Republicans, but even if you accept the version of history in which the Contract mattered in 1994 (the evidence is equivocal at best), you'd be right to be a little skeptical of "The Pledge."
The Democrats and President Obama may have governed with an unpopular agenda, but many of the changes to the fabric of American life are permanent. Republicans will argue they are stains. And now, they'll use "The Pledge" to get rid of them. (A contradiction appears: If what the Democrats did was so dastardly and so different, how is it that Republicans will be so easily able to undo it?)