While visiting the House in the earliest days of Newt's reign, I went to one of his suddenly scheduled press conferences. Newt began with self-congratulations. He was (yet really wasn't) amazed at his historical moment. Reform-minded voters had embraced his "Contract With America." Still, he noted, on today's Contract item -- term limits -- honest revolutionaries could disagree. For example, exactly how many years should a member of Congress be permitted to serve? In a good-faith effort to let democratic debate decide such details, Newt announced he would allow several measures to reach the House floor.